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barren strawberry

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noun

a low-growing plant, Waldsteinia fragarioides, of the rose family, native to north temperate regions, having long stalks with three toothed leaflets and yellow flowers.

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Origin of barren strawberry

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; so called because the fruit is dry and inedible
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