noun, often attributive
straw·​ber·​ry | \ ˈstrȯ-ˌber-ē How to pronounce strawberry (audio) , -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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After dinner, served at tables groaning under bushels of peonies, platters of strawberries, and ornate candelabra, the actress Sarah Jessica Parker led a charity auction with the help of Adrien Meyer, from Christie’s. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "Sarah Jessica Parker Helps Dolce & Gabbana Bring Luxe to the Library," 17 Apr. 2018 There are three versions, and my favorite features flecks of strawberry and bracing bits of mint. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "La Josie's vision of gourmet Mexican is delectable addition to West Loop," 26 July 2017 Do not puree, finding chunks of strawberry in the jam is the perfect texture. House Beautiful, "Strawberry Jam Recipe from Kitchen of the Year," 20 July 2012 Add strawberries, sugar, thyme, and 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Rhubarb Twists with Rhubarb Compote," 29 Apr. 2019 The list includes the top twelve veggies and fruits found to have the highest amount of pesticide residue, including strawberries, spinach, and kale. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The New Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Are Here — But Should You Care?," 20 Mar. 2019 The standing charred trees, called snags, tower over a forest floor carpeted with lupine, fireweed, wild strawberries, pinegrass, sedges and other plants. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 For instance, the Full Strawberry Moon, which comes later in the year, does not, in fact, resemble a strawberry. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "A Pink Moon Is Coming This Spring: Here's Everything You Need to Know," 14 Apr. 2019 Cut the stems from the strawberries to create a steady base. Jennifer Mcclellan, ajc, "6 colorful Fourth of July recipes to make your party sparkle," 4 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 How to pronounce strawberry (audio) \
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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