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[blak-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈblækˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural blackberries.
the fruit, black or very dark purple when ripe, of certain species of the genus Rubus.
the plant itself.
Origin of blackberry
before 1000; Middle English blakeberie, Old English blaceberie. See black, berry
Related forms
blackberrylike, adjective


[blak-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈblækˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
Trademark. a brand of smartphone optimized for wireless email. Unabridged
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  • Granny often made a huge blackberry cobbler, served drenched in milk.
  • It nests close to the ground, so it needs foliage- such as raspberry and blackberry patches- to hide in and hunt insects from.
  • Her guts contained a large number of blackberry seeds, blackberry season being in the late summer and early fall.
  • We loved the surprising combination of blackberry and espresso.
  • There are a million apple orchards and blackberry farms surrounding the city.
  • For dessert, an especially wise choice is the blackberry tart, which has an unexpected gingerbready kick.
  • It's interesting to me that it's time for everyone to take aim at the blackberry per se.
  • When she has finished, she cooks him a buttered egg and brings out the last jar of her sister's blackberry jam.
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British Dictionary definitions for blackberry


noun (pl) -ries
Also called bramble. any of several woody plants of the rosaceous genus Rubus, esp R. fruticosus, that have thorny stems and black or purple glossy edible berry-like fruits (drupelets)
  1. the fruit of any of these plants
  2. (as modifier): blackberry jam
blackberry lily, an ornamental Chinese iridaceous plant, Belamcanda chinensis, that has red-spotted orange flowers and clusters of black seeds that resemble blackberries
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
(intransitive) to gather blackberries


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Word Origin and History for blackberry

early 12c., from Old English blaceberian, from black (adj.) + berry. Also in Old English as bremelberie, bremelæppel (from bramble). The wireless handheld device of the same name introduced 1999.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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