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pokeberry

[pohk-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈpoʊkˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural pokeberries.
1.
the berry of the pokeweed.
2.
the plant.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75, Americanism; poke4 + berry
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Examples for pokeberry
  • Juice from the pokeberry once served as dye and ink.
British Dictionary definitions for pokeberry

pokeberry

/ˈpəʊkbərɪ/
noun (pl) -berries
1.
Also called inkberry. the berry of the pokeweed
2.
another name for the pokeweed

pokeweed

/ˈpəʊkˌwiːd/
noun
1.
a tall North American plant, Phytolacca americana, that has small white flowers, juicy purple berries, and a poisonous purple root used medicinally: family Phytolaccaceae Sometimes shortened to poke Also called inkberry
Word Origin
C18 poke, shortened from Algonquian puccoon plant used in dyeing, from pak blood
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