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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Brian Wood patiently waits for his prey to chomp down on a strawberry. Linda Robertson, miamiherald, "South Florida is suffering from an iguana infestation. A solution? Think barbecue.," 11 July 2018 But at this time of year, also consider a bowl of strawberries, piled extravagantly high (more is always more in these instances), and served with clotted cream. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "How to Host a Gorgeous Summer Dinner Party Without Cooking," 22 June 2018 For decades Gazans had sent their wares, from strawberries to furniture, to Israel. The Economist, "Deadly protests on Gaza’s border with Israel," 17 May 2018 This week in Florida, for example, Prime members can get $2 off a pound of organic strawberries or save $10 a pound on wild halibut steaks. Joseph Pisani,, "Amazon to give Prime members extra discounts at Whole Foods," 16 May 2018 Even strawberry ice cream would arouse no latent anarchistic tendencies, while vanilla or peach would be soothing to the very reddest of the Reds. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 Holiday pickup hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. All three locations of Jane Lockhart’s dessert shop are baking apple, blueberry, cherry, mixed berry, strawberry rhubarb and pecan pies. Sara Cagle,, "Where to pick up pie for the Fourth of July," 27 June 2018 Watch a bartender make the strawberry-rhubarb rickey below. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "Wolfgang Puck Catering’s Summer Menu Offers a Taste of Paradise," 26 June 2018 The garden rhubarb with which those strawberry-rhubarb pies are made is one plant of the genus Rheum. John E. Mcintyre,, "In a word: rhubarb," 19 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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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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