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barren strawberry

a low-growing plant, Waldsteinia fragarioides, of the rose family, native to north temperate regions, having long stalks with three toothed leaflets and yellow flowers.
Origin of barren strawberry
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95; so called because the fruit is dry and inedible Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Dog-violets, barren strawberry, and the yellowish-green spurge are in flower there now.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
  • One tiny white flower of barren strawberry has ventured to bloom.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies

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