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baneberry

[beyn-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈbeɪnˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural baneberries.
1.
any plant belonging to the genus Actaea, of the buttercup family, having large compound leaves, spikes of small white flowers, and poisonous red or white berries.
2.
the berry of such a plant.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; bane + berry
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British Dictionary definitions for bane-berry

baneberry

/ˈbeɪnbərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
Also called (Brit) herb Christopher, (US) cohosh. any ranunculaceous plant of the genus Actaea, esp A. spicata, which has small white flowers and red or white poisonous berries
2.
a berry of any of these plants
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baneberry

any of about eight species of perennial herbaceous plants constituting the genus Actaea of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae); they are all native to North Temperate Zone woodlands.

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