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barren strawberry

noun
1.
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
1890-1895
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95; so called because the fruit is dry and inedible
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  • One tiny white flower of barren strawberry has ventured to bloom.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • Dog-violets, barren strawberry, and the yellowish-green spurge are in flower there now.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies

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