the fruit of any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family, consisting of small and juicy red, black, or pale yellow drupelets forming a detachable cap about a convex receptacle.
any of the prickly shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, such as R. strigosus of E North America and R. idaeus of Europe, that have pinkish-white flowers and typically red berry-like fruits (drupelets) See also bramble
the fruit of any such plant
(as modifier) raspberry jelly
black raspberry, Popular name blackcap
a related plant, Rubus occidentalis, of E North America, that has black berry-like fruits
the fruit of this plant
a dark purplish-red colour
(as adjective) a raspberry dress
a spluttering noise made with the tongue and lips to express contempt (esp in the phrase blow a raspberry)
C17: from earlier raspis raspberry, of unknown origin + berry: C19 in sense 5, from rhyming slang raspberry tart fart
1623, earlier raspis berry (1548), possibly from raspise "a sweet rose-colored wine" (c.1460), from Anglo-L. vinum raspeys, origin uncertain, as is the connection between this and O.Fr. raspe, M.L. raspecia, raspeium, also meaning "raspberry." One suggestion is via Old Walloon raspoie "thicket," of Gmc. origin. Meaning "rude sound" (1890) is shortening of raspberry tart, rhyming slang for fart.