- 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.
Origin of barberry
1350–1400; Middle English barbere < Medieval Latin barbaris (< Arabic barbāris), with -baris conformed to bere berry
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Examples from the Web for barberry
The bottom of hawthorn hedges may be conveniently thickened, by putting in some plants of common sweet briar, or barberry.
If Barberry jelly is not to be obtained, use some other kind.The Community Cook Book
If you would have the barberry, you must move the pasture itself.In the Open
Stanton Davis Kirkham
The sun was behind the cedar and barberry and catbrier banks.Missy
Miriam Coles Harris
He first rubs with sour beer, and finishes with barberry juice.
- 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
C15: from Old French berberis, from Arabic barbāris
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