white mulberry

noun
See under mulberry ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1600–10

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mulberry

[muhl-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural mulberries.
1.
the edible, berrylike collective fruit of any tree of the genus Morus.
2.
a tree of this genus, as M. rubra (red mulberry or American mulberry) bearing dark-purple fruit, M. nigra (black mulberry) bearing dark-colored fruit, or M. alba (white mulberry) bearing nearly white fruit and having leaves used as food for silkworms.
Compare mulberry family.


Origin:
1225–75; Middle English mulberie, dissimilated variant of murberie, Old English mōrberie, equivalent to mōr- (< Latin mōrum mulberry) + berie berry

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mulberry (ˈmʌlbərɪ, -brɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  any moraceous tree of the temperate genus Morus, having edible blackberry-like fruit, such as M. alba (white mulberry), the leaves of which are used to feed silkworms
2.  the fruit of any of these trees
3.  any of several similar or related trees, such as the paper mulberry and Indian mulberry
4.  a.  a dark purple colour
 b.  (as adjective): a mulberry dress
 
[C14: from Latin mōrum, from Greek moron; related to Old English mōrberie; compare Dutch moerbezie, Old High German mūrberi]

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Word Origin & History

mulberry
1382, developed from 13c. morberie, or cognate M.H.G. mul-beri (alt. of mur-beri); both from L. morum "mulberry" + O.E. berie, O.H.G. beri "berry." Children's singing game with a chorus beginning "Here we go round the mulberry bush" is attested from 1820s, first in Scotland.
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Mulberry definition


Heb. bakah, "to weep;" rendered "Baca" (R.V., "weeping") in Ps. 84:6. The plural form of the Hebrew bekaim is rendered "mulberry trees" in 2 Sam. 5:23, 24 and 1 Chr. 14:14, 15. The tree here alluded to was probably the aspen or trembling poplar. "We know with certainty that the black poplar, the aspen, and the Lombardy poplar grew in Palestine. The aspen, whose long leaf-stalks cause the leaves to tremble with every breath of wind, unites with the willow and the oak to overshadow the watercourses of the Lebanon, and with the oleander and the acacia to adorn the ravines of Southern Palestine" (Kitto). By "the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees" we are to understand a rustling among the trees like the marching of an army. This was the signal that the Lord himself would lead forth David's army to victory. (See SYCAMINE.)

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Example sentences
Now he can claim a state champion white mulberry tree too.
The white mulberry is a good example of a non-native, naturalized tree.
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