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white mulberry

See under mulberry (def 2).
Origin of white mulberry
First recorded in 1600-10


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for white mulberry
Historical Examples
  • Nine varieties of the white mulberry have been distinguished in cultivation.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The best food for silkworms is the leaf of the white mulberry.

  • China sent the white mulberry, and with it the cultivation of the silkworm, so important in many regions.

    Modern Geography Marion I. Newbigin
  • The fruit is similar in appearance to the blackberry; the white mulberry is less widely distributed.

    Woodcraft Alan Douglas
  • The fruit of the white mulberry—where it grows in warm climates—is very good to eat, and makes an excellent syrup.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • This kind came originally from Persia, but is now, like the white mulberry, found in all civilised countries.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • They are dark green and rough, and for feeding the silkworm quite useless where the white mulberry grows.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • The one who first arrived should await the other at the foot of a white mulberry tree near a cool spring.

  • It was widely cultivated in Italy until the superiority of the white mulberry for the rearing of silkworms was recognized.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants Alphonse De Candolle
  • The white mulberry, Morus alba L., is a native of China, where its leaves are the chief food of the silkworm.

    Forest Trees of Illinois Fuller George D.
British Dictionary definitions for white 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 white 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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