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any shrub of the berberidaceous genus Berberis See barberry
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C19: from Medieval Latin, of unknown origin
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  • Water does not act on the stamens of berberis, but it does on the stigma of Mimulus.

  • As he spoke a blackbird came running with a chuckle from underneath the berberis, looked at them with alarm, and ran back.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • Examples of this are furnished by the cardiac muscle of the animal, the pulvinus of Mimosa, and the stamen of berberis.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • berberis Thunbergii, or Barberry, makes a fine hedge, on account of its beautiful foliage and scarlet fruit.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden

    Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • Of bushes, the most frequent are the jume (Salicemia) and the calafat (berberis axifolia).

    Wanderings in Patagonia

    Julius Beerbohm
  • berberis vulgaris foliis purpureis, one of the best purple shrubs.

  • The best of these are the strong-growing berberis aristata, and the common berberis vulgaris, with its several varieties.

  • In the case of flowering shrubs like Rhododendron or berberis it should be done as soon as the flowering season is past.

  • berberis stenophylla gains in beauty by severe pruning, thinning out and cutting back after flowering is over.

  • They may be kept altogether in pots, giving them much the same attention during summer as berberis stenophylla.

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