a shrub of the genus Berberis, especially B. vulgaris, having yellow flowers in elongated clusters.: Compare barberry family.
the red, elongated, acid fruit of this shrub.
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How to use barberry in a sentence
Inside there was no longer a hint of Mrs. barberry, even a dropped handkerchief agreeably scented.Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan
Val fled to the wilderness, and in the neighborhood of the barberry-bush flung out her arms and apostrophized the heavens.The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
Here the first generation grows on barberry leaves, and produces a kind of spore called an æcidium spore.
The teleutospores only germinate on barberry leaves, and there reproduce the original æcidium generation.
Berberis Thunbergii, or barberry, makes a fine hedge, on account of its beautiful foliage and scarlet fruit.A Woman's Hardy Garden | Helena Rutherfurd Ely
British Dictionary definitions for barberry
any spiny berberidaceous shrub of the widely distributed genus Berberis, esp B. vulgaris, having clusters of yellow flowers and orange or red berries: widely cultivated as hedge plants
the fruit of any of these plants
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