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[hak-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈhækˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural hackberries.
any of several trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Celtis, of the elm family, bearing cherrylike fruit.
the sometimes edible fruit of such a tree.
the wood of such a tree.
Origin of hackberry
1775-85, Americanism; variant of hagberry (of Scandinavian origin) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Within a month, our cows must rest in the shade of hackberry Grove and be watering out of those upper springs.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
  • It is in autumn, of course, that the hackberry earns its name, sugarberry.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Edgard an' me was married by the county clerk down tuh hackberry, and he tried tuh kiss me, and Edgard shot him.

  • hackberry has been observed west of one hundred and first meridian.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • The drupes are bright orange red and are usually smaller than the purple fruit of hackberry.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • "How in the world did you come here, hackberry," asked Shorty.

  • With those sharp eyes of his he observed that wherever a hackberry tree had fallen, cattle had eaten the bark.

    The Kentucky Warbler James Lane Allen
  • Mrs. Wolf, will you have a hackberry plate, or do you prefer the scent of cottonwood?

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
  • Next day we made a scout out west of hackberry, and found thousands of buffaloes.

  • All we want is a range for a thousand cows, and I've decided on that hackberry grove as headquarters.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
British Dictionary definitions for hackberry


noun (pl) -ries
any American tree or shrub of the ulmaceous genus Celtis, having edible cherry-like fruits
the fruit or soft yellowish wood of such a tree
Word Origin
C18: variant of C16 hagberry, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse heggr hackberry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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