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red mulberry

See under mulberry (def 2).
Origin of red mulberry
An Americanism dating back to 1710-20


[muhl-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈmʌlˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural mulberries.
the edible, berrylike collective fruit of any tree of the genus Morus.
a tree of this genus, as M. rubra (red mulberry or American mulberry) bearing dark-purple fruit, M. nigra (black mulberry) bearing dark-colored fruit, or M. alba (white mulberry) bearing nearly white fruit and having leaves used as food for silkworms.
Compare mulberry family.
1225-75; Middle English mulberie, dissimilated variant of murberie, Old English mōrberie, equivalent to mōr- (< Latin mōrum mulberry) + berie berry Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for red mulberry
Historical Examples
  • The red mulberry grows to be a large dense, round-headed tree, with thick fibrous roots and milky sap.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The red mulberry is quite common and grows in over two-thirds of the United States.

    Woodcraft Alan Douglas
  • The red mulberry (M. rubra) is an American species, with leaves too rough to be good for silkworms, and very indifferent fruit.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • red mulberry (Morus rubra) is frequently spoken of simply as mulberry, and is sometimes called black mulberry.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • red mulberry is present in most woodlands of eastern Kansas and is seemingly distributed by birds.

  • It is sometimes called the red mulberry to distinguish it from the following species.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam
  • But the silkworms would not cooperate—they refused to eat the leaves of the red mulberry tree.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
British Dictionary definitions for red mulberry


/ˈmʌlbərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
any moraceous tree of the temperate genus Morus, having edible blackberry-like fruit, such as M. alba (white mulberry), the leaves of which are used to feed silkworms
the fruit of any of these trees
any of several similar or related trees, such as the paper mulberry and Indian mulberry
  1. a dark purple colour
  2. (as adjective): a mulberry dress
Word Origin
C14: from Latin mōrum, from Greek moron; related to Old English mōrberie; compare Dutch moerbezie, Old High German mūrberi
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for red mulberry



late 14c., developed from 13c. morberie, or cognate Middle High German mul-beri (alteration by dissimilation of Old High German mur-beri, Modern German Maulbeere); both from Latin morum "mulberry, blackberry," + Old English berie, Old High German beri "berry." The Latin word probably is from Greek moron "mulberry," from PIE *moro- "blackberry, mulberry" (cf. Armenian mor "blackberry," Middle Irish merenn, Welsh merwydden "mulberry"). Children's singing game with a chorus beginning "Here we go round the mulberry bush" is attested from 1820s, first in Scotland.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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