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mulberry

[muhl-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈmʌlˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural mulberries.
1.
the edible, berrylike collective fruit of any tree of the genus Morus.
2.
a tree of this genus, as M. rubra (red mulberry or American mulberry) bearing dark-purple fruit, M. nigra (black mulberry) bearing dark-colored fruit, or M. alba (white mulberry) bearing nearly white fruit and having leaves used as food for silkworms.
Compare mulberry family.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English mulberie, dissimilated variant of murberie, Old English mōrberie, equivalent to mōr- (< Latin mōrum mulberry) + berie berry
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  • It was a white mulberry tree, and stood near a cool spring.
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British Dictionary definitions for mulberry

mulberry

/ˈmʌlbərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
any moraceous tree of the temperate genus Morus, having edible blackberry-like fruit, such as M. alba (white mulberry), the leaves of which are used to feed silkworms
2.
the fruit of any of these trees
3.
any of several similar or related trees, such as the paper mulberry and Indian mulberry
4.
  1. a dark purple colour
  2. (as adjective): a mulberry dress
Word Origin
C14: from Latin mōrum, from Greek moron; related to Old English mōrberie; compare Dutch moerbezie, Old High German mūrberi
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Word Origin and History for mulberry
n.

late 14c., developed from 13c. morberie, or cognate Middle High German mul-beri (alteration by dissimilation of Old High German mur-beri, Modern German Maulbeere); both from Latin morum "mulberry, blackberry," + Old English berie, Old High German beri "berry." The Latin word probably is from Greek moron "mulberry," from PIE *moro- "blackberry, mulberry" (cf. Armenian mor "blackberry," Middle Irish merenn, Welsh merwydden "mulberry"). Children's singing game with a chorus beginning "Here we go round the mulberry bush" is attested from 1820s, first in Scotland.

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mulberry in the Bible

Heb. bakah, "to weep;" rendered "Baca" (R.V., "weeping") in Ps. 84:6. The plural form of the Hebrew bekaim is rendered "mulberry trees" in 2 Sam. 5:23, 24 and 1 Chr. 14:14, 15. The tree here alluded to was probably the aspen or trembling poplar. "We know with certainty that the black poplar, the aspen, and the Lombardy poplar grew in Palestine. The aspen, whose long leaf-stalks cause the leaves to tremble with every breath of wind, unites with the willow and the oak to overshadow the watercourses of the Lebanon, and with the oleander and the acacia to adorn the ravines of Southern Palestine" (Kitto). By "the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees" we are to understand a rustling among the trees like the marching of an army. This was the signal that the Lord himself would lead forth David's army to victory. (See SYCAMINE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for mulberry

any of several distinct small to medium-sized trees valued primarily for their ornamental effects. The common mulberries, in the genus Morus (family Moraceae), are 10 species, with more or less juicy fruits, native to temperate Asia and North America. Paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera), of the same family, has red globular fruit and an inner bark that yields a fibre used in the Orient for papermaking and in Polynesia for the manufacture of a coarse fabric called tapa cloth. It is a tough, fast-growing tree that tolerates city conditions; it is available in several varieties (cut-leaved, white-fruited, and variegated) that find use as hardy ornamentals and in naturalized landscapes. It may also be grown in pots or in conservatories and succeeds best in a rich, deep, and somewhat moist loam. The beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), with showy violet fruits, is also called French mulberry; it is a 2-metre- (6-foot-) tall shrub in the verbena family (Verbenaceae).

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