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dogberry

[dawg-ber-ee, -buh-ree, dog-] /ˈdɔgˌbɛr i, -bə ri, ˈdɒg-/
noun, plural dogberries.
1.
the berry or fruit of any of various plants, as the European dogwood, Cornus sanguinea, the chokeberry, Aronia arbutifolia, or the mountain ash, Sorbus americana.
2.
the plant itself.
3.
any of several plants, especially the dog rose, bearberry, and guelder rose.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; dog + berry

Dogberry

[dawg-ber-ee, -buh-ree, dog-] /ˈdɔgˌbɛr i, -bə ri, ˈdɒg-/
noun, plural Dogberrys for 2.
1.
a foolish constable in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
2.
any foolish, blundering, or stupid official.
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British Dictionary definitions for dog berry

dogberry1

/ˈdɒɡˌbɛrɪ; -bərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
any of certain plants that have berry-like fruits, such as the European dogwood or the bearberry
2.
the fruit of any of these plants

dogberry2

/ˈdɒɡˌbɛrɪ; -bərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(sometimes capital) a foolish, meddling, and usually old official
Derived Forms
dogberryism, noun
Word Origin
after Dogberry, character in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing (1598)
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