any of various low-growing rosaceous plants of the genus Fragaria, such as F. vesca (wild strawberry) and F. ananassa (garden strawberry), which have white flowers and red edible fruits and spread by runners
(as modifier) a strawberry patch
the fruit of any of these plants, consisting of a sweet fleshy receptacle bearing small seedlike parts (the true fruits)
(as modifier) strawberry ice cream
barren strawberry, a related Eurasian plant, Potentilla sterilis, that does not produce edible fruit
O.E. streawberige, from streaw "straw" + berige "berry." There is no corresponding compound in any other Gmc. language; the reason for the name is uncertain, but perhaps it is in reference to the tiny chaff-like external seeds which cover the fruit. A cognate O.E. name was eorðberge "earth-berry" (cf. Mod.Ger. erdbeere). Strawberry blonde is attested from 1884.