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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 of baneberry
1745-1755
1745-55; bane + berry
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  • Even as it was, I felt myself fortunate to have seen the baneberry in one of its few native haunts.

  • There is baneberry, whose very name sufficiently describes its dangerous nature.

    Falling in Love Grant Allen
British Dictionary definitions for baneberry

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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