Hack berry


[hak-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural hackberries.
any of several trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Celtis, of the elm family, bearing cherrylike fruit.
the sometimes edible fruit of such a tree.
the wood of such a tree.

1775–85, Americanism; variant of hagberry

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hackberry (ˈhækˌbɛrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  any American tree or shrub of the ulmaceous genus Celtis, having edible cherry-like fruits
2.  the fruit or soft yellowish wood of such a tree
[C18: variant of C16hagberry, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse heggr hackberry]

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