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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If demand for strawberries exceeds supply, prices will rise. The Economist, "To get a ticket to Wimbledon you must be rich, patient or lucky," 13 July 2019 The Perfect Day culinary team experimented with flavors that riff on the country’s top three sellers — chocolate, strawberry and vanilla — and landed on milky chocolate, vanilla salted fudge and vanilla blackberry toffee. Janelle Bitker,, "Bay Area company releases ice cream made with real dairy but no cows, at $20 a pint," 11 July 2019 Drink this: The raspberry mojito or strawberry margarita should do the trick. Chris Triunfo,, "Five rooftop bars and patios where you can beat the heat," 11 July 2019 Essentially, eating too much added sugar hijacks your taste buds so the flavors of naturally sweet foods like strawberries and watermelon are a little duller. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Overindulge this weekend? This 'Summer Mondays' routine will help you hit the reset button," 8 July 2019 Avocado toast, gluten- and dairy-free Dole pineapple and strawberry whip and the Beyond Burger will be available this year. Priscella Vega,, "O.C. Fair applies finishing touches to open ‘Acres of Fun’ in Costa Mesa," 7 July 2019 Let simmer, stirring continuously, until rhubarb and strawberries are fully softened, about 10 minutes. CBS News, "The Dish: Luke Holden of Luke's Lobster shares his signature recipes," 6 July 2019 Many of us picked strawberries in the summer to make a little extra money., "Which says Oregon to you? Bing cherry or Hood strawberry?," 3 July 2019 Those dealing with stress, meanwhile, are told to eat bananas, strawberries and pears, with strawberries’ vitamin C having been shown to reduce the effects of anxiety, according to Psychology Today. Rachel Desantis,, "Britney Spears Shares the Foods She Says Helped Her Drop Weight She'd 'Been Wanting to Lose'," 3 July 2019

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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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