strawberry

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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Your cake will have 3 layers of graham crackers, 3 layers of cream, and 2 layers of strawberries. Redbook, "Chilled Out Desserts Recipes," 15 May 2013 Potential crops include lettuces and leafy greens like spinach and kale, herbs like basil and mint, strawberries, mushrooms, carrots, eggplants, and a wide variety of others. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Abandoned Coal Mines Could Be Future of Farming," 3 Dec. 2018 And while flavors like strawberry, cappuccino, and watermelon are no longer available, other popular flavors, like mint, still are. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Everything You Need To Know About the Juul Flavor Ban," 15 Nov. 2018 Made of pinot noir and chardonnay, this one is full of strawberry, herbal notes, ripe cherry, lively creamy bubbles and lip-smacking freshness. Michael Austin, The Seattle Times, "Trentodoc is the budget answer to Champagne you need to know," 11 Sep. 2018 However, earwigs also unfortunately eat ornamental and vegetable plants, particularly dahlias, zinnias, butterfly bush, hollyhocks, lettuce, strawberries, potatoes, roses, and seedling beans and beets, as well as the silk of sweet corn. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Control Earwigs in Your Garden and Keep Them From Getting in Your House," 27 July 2018 The church's annual Strawberry Festival, which just celebrated its 53rd year, sells shortcakes topped with strawberries, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream to generate money for local nonprofit organizations. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Indianapolis' Christ Church Cathedral that put Jesus in a cage," 3 July 2018 Between the foie gras, presented as a trompe l’oeil strawberry, and the squab breast, whose skin is caramelized with sugar and cooked to a crackle, comes a dish whose trickery stumps even a seasoned cook. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "Baumé in Palo Alto has two Michelin stars — and only two staff," 22 June 2018 That’s when a fruit with a high water content (strawberries, pineapple), when cut, leaks a little on the custard and the whole thing sits around, looking like someone sobbed over it. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "This Fruit Tart Is Going Through Its Blue Period, Like Picasso," 8 June 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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The first known use of strawberry was before the 12th century

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strawberry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of strawberry

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

strawberry

noun
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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