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[bahr-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural bar·ber·ries.
  1. a shrub of the genus Berberis, especially B. vulgaris, having yellow flowers in elongated clusters.Compare barberry family.
  2. the red, elongated, acid fruit of this shrub.
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Origin of barberry

1350–1400; Middle English barbere < Medieval Latin barbaris (< Arabic barbāris), with -baris conformed to bere berry
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noun plural -ries
  1. 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
  2. the fruit of any of these plants
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Word Origin for barberry

C15: from Old French berberis, from Arabic barbāris
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