hackberry

hackberry

[hak-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural hackberries.
1.
any of several trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Celtis, of the elm family, bearing cherrylike fruit.
2.
the sometimes edible fruit of such a tree.
3.
the wood of such a tree.

Origin:
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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hackberry

any of several trees of the genus Celtis, with about 70 species in the hemp family (Cannabaceae), that are valued for their wood or for ornamental qualities. They are distributed primarily in temperate and tropical areas

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