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[bahr-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈbɑrˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural barberries.
a shrub of the genus Berberis, especially B. vulgaris, having yellow flowers in elongated clusters.
Compare barberry family.
the red, elongated, acid fruit of this shrub.
Origin of barberry
1350-1400; Middle English barbere < Medieval Latin barbaris (< Arabic barbāris), with -baris conformed to bere berry Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for barberry


noun (pl) -ries
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
the fruit of any of these plants
Word Origin
C15: from Old French berberis, from Arabic barbāris
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