[raz-ber-ee, -buh-ree, rahz-]
noun, plural raspberries.
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 shrub bearing this fruit.
a dark reddish-purple color.
any sign or expression of dislike or derision.

1615–25; earlier rasp(is) raspberry (< ?) + berry; (def 4) by shortening of raspberry tart, rhyming slang for fart

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raspberry (ˈrɑːzbərɪ, -brɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  See also bramble 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)
2.  a.  the fruit of any such plant
 b.  (as modifier): raspberry jelly
3.  black raspberry Popular name: blackcap
 a.  a related plant, Rubus occidentalis, of E North America, that has black berry-like fruits
 b.  the fruit of this plant
4.  a.  a dark purplish-red colour
 b.  (as adjective): a raspberry dress
5.  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]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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Example sentences
Out went banana, cherry and wintergreen and in came bright blue raspberry,
  lemon and green apple.
Some are so ripe they have squashed, their raspberry red insides leaking
  through splits in their velvety skins.
It nests close to the ground, so it needs foliage- such as raspberry and
  blackberry patches- to hide in and hunt insects from.
Fresh peach ice cream with fresh peaches and raspberries and fresh raspberry
  sauce and lace cookies.
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