- any small, usually stoneless, juicy fruit, irrespective of botanical structure, as the huckleberry, strawberry, or hackberry.
- Botany. a simple fruit having a pulpy pericarp in which the seeds are embedded, as the grape, gooseberry, currant, or tomato.
- a dry seed or kernel, as of wheat.
- the hip of the rose.
- one of the eggs of a lobster, crayfish, etc.
- the berries, Older Slang. someone or something very attractive or unusual.
- to gather or pick berries: We went berrying this morning.
- to bear or produce berries.
Origin of berry
Examples from the Web for berries
Contemporary Examples of berries
Birds eat their berries, which are coated in gluey material called viscin.Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants
December 21, 2014
Pinch it with your fingers until it makes large crumbles and distribute it on the berries (it will not cover them entirely).The Barefoot Contessa Knows How To Make Us Crumble
November 30, 2014
Italian summer puddings, with layers of berries, ladyfingers, and chocolate mascarpone, recall a lighter version of tiramisu.Menu for a Moveable Feast: 10 Famous Authors and Their Favorite Foods & Recipes
October 12, 2012
“Bears survive on nuts and berries,” according to Schwartz of the San Diego Zoo.How to Not Get Eaten
July 9, 2011
But unlike Marcia, who was so singular, berries in all their varieties are plentiful.What to Eat
August 18, 2009
Historical Examples of berries
Mrs. Rushton was braiding straw when Robert entered with his berries.
At the same time I will carry him some berries as a present.
As soon as the skins of the berries have cracked, add the sugar.
Mash or chop the berries, as preferred, and add the sugar to them.
Did you ever notice that going down wind you could see the berries better?Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- any of various small edible fruits such as the blackberry and strawberry
- botany an indehiscent fruit with two or more seeds and a fleshy pericarp, such as the grape or gooseberry
- any of various seeds or dried kernels, such as a coffee bean
- the egg of a lobster, crayfish, or similar animal
- to bear or produce berries
- to gather or look for berries
Word Origin for berry
- (ˈbɛrɪ) Chuck, full name Charles Edward Berry . born 1926, US rock-and-roll guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His frequently covered songs include "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), "Memphis, Tennessee" (1959), and "Promised Land" (1964)
- (French bɛri) Jean de France (ʒɑ̃ də frɑ̃s), Duc de. 1340–1416, French prince, son of King John II; coregent (1380–88) for Charles VI and a famous patron of the arts
Word Origin and History for berries
Old English berie, from Proto-Germanic *basjom (cf. Old Norse ber, Middle Dutch bere, German Beere "berry;" Old Saxon winber, Gothic weinabasi "grape"), of unknown origin. This and apple are the only native fruit names.
- A simple fruit that has many seeds in a fleshy pulp. Grapes, bananas, tomatoes, and blueberries are berries. Compare drupe pome. See more at simple fruit.
- A seed or dried kernel of certain kinds of grain or other plants such as wheat, barley, or coffee.
Usage: Cucumbers and tomatoes aren't usually thought of as berries, but to a botanist they are in fact berries, while strawberries and raspberries are not. In botany, a berry is a fleshy kind of simple fruit consisting of a single ovary that has multiple seeds. Other true berries besides cucumbers and tomatoes are bananas, oranges, grapes, and blueberries. Many fruits that are popularly called berries have a different structure and thus are not true berries. For example, strawberries and raspberries are aggregate fruits, developed from multiple ovaries of a single flower. The mulberry is not a true berry either. It is a multiple fruit, like the pineapple, and is made up of the ovaries of several individual flowers.