barberries

barberry

[bahr-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural barberries.
1.
a shrub of the genus Berberis, especially B. vulgaris, having yellow flowers in elongated clusters. Compare barberry family.
2.
the red, elongated, acid fruit of this shrub.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English barbere < Medieval Latin barbaris (< Arabic barbāris), with -baris conformed to bere berry

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barberry (ˈbɑːbərɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  any spiny berberidaceous shrub of the widely distributed genus Berberis, esp B. vulgaris, having clusters of yellow flowers and orange or red berries: widely cultivated as hedge plants
2.  the fruit of any of these plants
 
[C15: from Old French berberis, from Arabic barbāris]

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