barren strawberry

noun
  1. 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.

Origin of barren strawberry

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