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[straw-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈstrɔˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural strawberries.
the fruit of any stemless plant belonging to the genus Fragaria, of the rose family, consisting of an enlarged fleshy receptacle bearing achenes on its exterior.
the plant itself.
Origin of strawberry
before 1000; Middle English; Old English strēawberige. See straw, berry Unabridged
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Examples from the web for strawberry
  • When one of them says something really silly, there is strawberry jam, too.
  • strawberry growers don't generally keep hives because strawberry pollination occurs primarily via wind and gravity.
  • Rather, strawberry plants evolved through natural selection.
  • We have made wonderful smoked salty chocolate, salty caramel, and strawberry pink peppercorn sorbet.
  • In deep spring into early summer, strawberry-rhubarb crumbles connect me to the season.
  • Her mouth had tasted of strawberry wine, hot and sweet.
  • He was short and skinny with a yellowish brown skin and the typical strawberry nose of an alcoholic.
  • Foote had long strawberry-blond hair, which he combed straight back, and a bushy blond mustache.
  • Their eyes are as pink as strawberry ice cream, and their scaly skin is snow white.
  • We next see him wearing a strawberry-blond wig and a summer dress.
British Dictionary definitions for strawberry


/ˈstrɔːbərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): a strawberry patch
  1. the fruit of any of these plants, consisting of a sweet fleshy receptacle bearing small seedlike parts (the true fruits)
  2. (as modifier): strawberry ice cream
barren strawberry, a related Eurasian plant, Potentilla sterilis, that does not produce edible fruit
  1. a purplish-red colour
  2. (as adjective): strawberry shoes
another name for strawberry mark
Word Origin
Old English streawberige; perhaps from the strawlike appearance of the runners
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Word Origin and History for strawberry

Old English streawberige, from streaw "straw" (see straw) + berige "berry" (see berry). There is no corresponding compound in any other Germanic 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 Old English name was eorðberge "earth-berry" (cf. Modern German erdbeere). Strawberry blonde is attested from 1884.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for strawberry

strap with

verb phrase

To stick someone with a responsibility or burden: 16 and strapped with a baby

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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