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teaberry

[tee-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
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noun, plural tea·ber·ries.
  1. the spicy red fruit of the American wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens.

Origin of teaberry

First recorded in 1790–1800; tea + berry
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Examples from the Web for teaberry

Historical Examples

  • Molly, feeling a touch of rheumatism, was somewhere in the lower thicket seeking a teaberry tonic.

    Wild Animals I Have Known

    Ernest Thompson Seton


British Dictionary definitions for teaberry

teaberry

noun plural -ries
  1. the berry of the wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  2. another name for wintergreen (def. 1)

Word Origin

C19: so called because its dried leaves have been used as a substitute for tea
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