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[sam-uh n-ber-ee] /ˈsæm ənˌbɛr i/
noun, plural salmonberries.
the salmon-colored, edible fruit of a raspberry, Rubus spectabilis, of the Pacific coast of North America.
the plant itself.
1835-45, Americanism; salmon + berry Unabridged
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Examples from the web for salmonberry
  • If the area you are planting will be heavily shaded, use a more shade-tolerant riparian species such as salmonberry.
  • salmonberry may increase in abundance after ground surface disturbance.
  • Alder seed is important wildlife food, as are the dense understory of salmonberry and seed-bearing plants.
  • Fireweed and wild parsnip grow to five or six feet often mixed with salmonberry and rosebushes.
  • In spring, velvet white trilliums and salmonberry clusters dot the edges of the path.
  • The understory consists primarily of dense sword fern with occasional vine maple, huckleberry, and salmonberry.
British Dictionary definitions for salmonberry


/ˈsæmənbərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
a spineless raspberry bush, Rubus spectabilis, of North America, having reddish-purple flowers and large red or yellow edible fruits
the fruit of this plant
Word Origin
C19: so called from the colour of the berries
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Encyclopedia Article for salmonberry


(species Rubus chamaemorus), creeping herbaceous plant, native to the Arctic and subarctic regions of the north temperate zone, and its edible, aggregate fruit resembling structurally the raspberry. The yellow or amber-coloured berry grows from a 2.5-centimetre (1-inch) white flower on a creeping rootlike stem, or rhizome. The stalks grow to a height of 7.6-25 cm (3-10 inches)

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