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[doo-ber-ee, -buh-ree, dyoo-] /ˈduˌbɛr i, -bə ri, ˈdyu-/
noun, plural dewberries.
(in North America) the fruit of any of several trailing blackberries of the genus Rubus.
(in England) the fruit of a bramble, Rubus caesius.
a plant bearing either fruit.
Origin of dewberry
First recorded in 1570-80; dew + berry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The dewberry was as eagerly gathered—its large, purple fruit passing with them for blackberries.

  • dewberry (Rubus cœsius), a European plant belonging to the ord.

  • She pursed her dewberry mouth in the most comical way, and her blue eyes lightened laughter out of the half-closed lids.

  • I know not what this Mr. dewberry said to Mr. Probus, but certain I am that they will not try that plan any more.'

    The Orange Girl Walter Besant
  • Soon the trees fell away, and he came to a stretch of bank,—here naked earth, there clad in grass and dewberry vines.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • Mr. dewberry is of opinion that the result, if the matter is brought before the court will certainly be decided in my favour.'

    The Orange Girl Walter Besant
  • Early on the morning of the trial, Mr. dewberry came to see me.

    The Orange Girl Walter Besant
  • Blackberry, dewberry, and Whortleberry Jam may be made by the same recipe.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • The sweet odor of grapevine, blackberry and dewberry blossoms filled the air.

    The Southerner Thomas Dixon
  • The dewberry (Rubus cæsius) is a handsome fruit, very like the Blackberry, but coming earlier.

British Dictionary definitions for dewberry


/ˈdjuːbərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
any trailing bramble, such as Rubus hispidus of North America and R. caesius of Europe and NW Asia, having blue-black fruits
the fruit of any such plant
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