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[pohk-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈpoʊkˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural pokeberries.
the berry of the pokeweed.
the plant.
Origin of pokeberry
An Americanism dating back to 1765-75; poke4 + berry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • The rascal had not used his own blood, but a red powder and the juice of the pokeberry.


    Opie Percival Read
  • Wild fruits such as grape and pokeberry also showed up in trace amounts.

  • Lower still, the fleshy leaves of the pokeberry were all carmine-purple above and Tyrian rose beneath.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville
  • It wore a gay pink calico dress, and its cheeks were stained red with pokeberry juice.

    Boys and Girls of Colonial Days Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • In washing next morning I was off my guard, and got rid of the most of my pokeberry juice.

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker S. Weir Mitchell
  • Three miles further on, sunk in elder and pokeberry and shaded by a ragged willow, there appeared a wayside forge.

    Lewis Rand

    Mary Johnston
  • August 30: Three large clusters of the fruits of pokeberry (Phytolacca americana).

  • As he spoke, he went to the tall chest of drawers and took out paper, a bottle of pokeberry ink, and a bunch of quills.

    Crestlands Mary Addams Bayne
British Dictionary definitions for pokeberry


noun (pl) -berries
Also called inkberry. the berry of the pokeweed
another name for the pokeweed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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