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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for hackberry
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  • It is in autumn, of course, that the hackberry earns its name, sugarberry.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The fruit of the black cherry is more plentiful than that of the hackberry.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The caterpillar feeds on the hackberry (Celtis occidentalis).

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
  • Some of the American species of hackberry are very variable.

    Trees of Indiana

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

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • "How in the world did you come here, hackberry," asked Shorty.

  • "Don't fuss," said Shorty calmly to them, as he took hackberry's dimensions.

  • The 'Squire and hackberry followed suit, and blubbered like schoolboys.

  • With an air of glad relief, hackberry sprang up and put out his hand.

  • Mrs. Wolf, will you have a hackberry plate, or do you prefer the scent of cottonwood?

    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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