[beyn-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural baneberries.
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.
the berry of such a plant.

1745–55; bane + berry Unabridged
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baneberry (ˈbeɪnbərɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  herb Christopher, Also called: 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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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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Example sentences
Baneberry grows in forested environments, and can reach two to three feet in height.
Baneberry plants grow in meadows and have toothed-compound leaves.
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