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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Recent Examples on the Web The 16 offerings include the Pussycat watermelon vodka/pina colada liqueur; Whipped Chocolate whipped cream vodka/chocolate cream liqueur; the Rattlesnake tequila/lime liqueur; and Strawberry Sundae strawberry vodka/vanilla cream liqueur. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "Cocktail ice pops and boozy ice cream: These takes on summer faves were made for the heat," 5 July 2020 Order strawberry crepes, Oreo buttermilk pancakes or caramel pecan waffles as a side. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Where to find the best fried chicken in Allen on National Fried Chicken Day," 2 July 2020 This new frozen dessert shop will celebrate with their 4th of July Gelati ($3.89-$7.99) — a combo of strawberry and blueberry Italian ice layered with Jeremiah’s housemade soft ice cream. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "21 metro Phoenix restaurants with deals and specials for 4th of July," 29 June 2020 Runquist’s expression of this Spanish varietal results in upfront strawberry flavors and smooth tannins. Chris Macias,, "Feel like a winner at Runquist Wines in Amador County," 25 June 2020 When selecting strawberries, look for brightly colored, plump, firm, dry berries with a strong, fresh strawberry scent. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Top pancakes with strawberry and rhubarb sauce loaded with vitamin C," 26 June 2020 The restaurant doesn’t plan to bottle any of its obsessed over strawberry vodka this year, though some should be available at Kachka Alfresca this weekend. oregonlive, "Kachka is opening a 90s-era comfort food restaurant on its upstairs parking lot," 22 June 2020 In this clever, sweet-tart strawberry cake from Nigella Lawson, a single dough does double the work. Erin Alexander, TheWeek, "21 cakes to celebrate with this summer," 20 June 2020 The strawberry Goldbear is actually a bright lime color, but nobody seems to mind as long as the taste is consistent from bite to bite. Purbita Saha, Popular Science, "The intense flavor science behind Haribo’s gummies," 17 June 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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