win·ter·ber·ry | \ˈwin-tər-ˌber-ē \

Definition of winterberry 

1 : an eastern North American shrub (Ilex verticillata) of the holly family with axillary flowers, usually bright red berries, and deciduous leaves that turn black in the fall

called also black alder

2 : any of several congeneric shrubs or small trees (such as Ilex laevigata of the eastern U.S.)

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For example, winterberry (Ilex verticillata) and Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus) are good shrubs for soil that is frequently wet, Taylor said. Beth Botts,, "'Plants aren’t sponges': Soil that's too wet, too long can spoil your garden," 6 June 2018 Robins and catbirds will compete for plump, vermilion winterberries. Bart Ziegler, WSJ, "Save the Songbirds: Plant These Shrubs and Bushes," 13 Sep. 2017 Cost: Eucalyptus, $2 a stem + fern, $12 a bunch + yellow winterberry, $13 a bunch; fishing line, $5 + and tea lights, $10 for 100. Carly Cardellino, Cosmopolitan, "21 Super-Easy Bridal Floral Hacks That Will Save You a Ton of Money," 18 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of winterberry

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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