noun, often attributive
straw·ber·ry | \ ˈstrȯ-ˌber-ē , -b(ə-)rē \

Definition of strawberry 

1 : the juicy edible usually red fruit of any of several low-growing temperate herbs (genus Fragaria) of the rose family that is technically an enlarged pulpy receptacle bearing numerous achenes on its surface

2 : a plant whose fruits are strawberries especially : a hybrid (Fragaria ananassa) that is the source of most cultivated strawberries

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Shrimp, strawberries, greens, zucchini and maybe even first-of-the-year potatoes will be part of the Muldoon market, which had more than 40 vendors last week. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Last week’s warm weather means more local veggies at farmers markets this week," 11 July 2018 House cocktails such as a peach jalapeno margarita, raspberry cucumber gimlet and Sheepherders Smash (vodka, lemon juice, strawberries and basil) are $8 each. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Card room with attached restaurant opens in Rancho Cordova," 27 June 2018 The dairy, sugar, and gluten-free concoction consists of a banana and açaí base swirl, topped with papaya, pineapple, strawberries, puffed quinoa, and honey. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Carissa Moore's Guide to Honolulu's Best Food," 23 May 2018 Once the pot starts to simmer, cook mixture until rhubarb and strawberries are tender. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville has an epicurean center - and this restaurant thrives in it​​​​​​​," 22 May 2018 Everyone’s favorite, strawberries, are usually ready in early June. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2018 farmers markets in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin," 1 May 2018 There’s also a strawberry salad with goat cheese and almonds ($13); and roasted beets with arugula, romesco, feta and candied walnuts ($13). Michael Bauer,, "Stem Kitchen and Garden in Mission Bay: Go before it’s ‘discovered’," 12 July 2018 Its texture is thicker, with pieces of real fruit, and can be crunchy with, for example, strawberry seeds. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Jam, jelly … what's the difference?," 11 July 2018 The venue for their working lunch is Red Haven, a locavore watering hole near the 14-square-mile campus of Michigan State University, which offers dishes like strawberry soup and tempeh chorizo tacos. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As local news outlets struggle to survive, citizen-led efforts are stepping up," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of strawberry

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for strawberry

Middle English, from Old English strēawberige, from strēaw straw + berige berry; perhaps from the appearance of the achenes on the surface

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English Language Learners Definition of strawberry

: a soft, juicy red fruit that grows on a low plant with white flowers


straw·ber·ry | \ ˈstrȯ-ˌber-ē \
plural strawberries

Kids Definition of strawberry

: the juicy edible usually red fruit of a low-growing plant with white flowers and long slender runners

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