Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

boxberry

[boks-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun, plural box·ber·ries.
  1. the checkerberry.
  2. the partridgeberry.
Show More

Origin of boxberry

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; box3 + berry
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for boxberry

Historical Examples

  • Have no objection, either, to his bringing Elinor boxberry plums.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866

    Various

  • Out of the tufts of boxberry leaves and plums they made the word "Welcome," which they hung over the door.

    In The Boyhood of Lincoln

    Hezekiah Butterworth

  • Boxberry, fever-bush, sweet fern, and horseradish make a good and healthy diet-drink.

  • I never read yet of any maiden losing her heart on boxberry plums; though, to be sure, he might bewitch them.

  • Daily I met happy groups of Wallencampers, with baskets and pails in their hands, going "boxberry plummin.'"

    Cape Cod Folks

    Sarah P. McLean Greene


British Dictionary definitions for boxberry

boxberry

noun plural -ries
  1. the fruit of the partridgeberry or wintergreen
  2. another name for partridgeberry, wintergreen (def. 1)
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012