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Origin of black mulberry
First recorded in 1695–1705
Definition for black mulberry (2 of 2)
[ muhl-ber-ee, -buh-ree ]
/ ˈmʌlˌbɛr i, -bə ri /
noun, plural mul·ber·ries.
the edible, berrylike collective fruit of any tree of the genus Morus.
a tree of this genus, as M. rubra (red mulberry or American mulberry) bearing dark-purple fruit, M. nigra (black mulberry) bearing dark-colored fruit, or M. alba (white mulberry) bearing nearly white fruit and having leaves used as food for silkworms.
Compare mulberry family.
Origin of mulberry
1225–75; Middle English mulberie, dissimilated variant of murberie, Old English mōrberie, equivalent to mōr- (< Latin mōrum mulberry) + berie berry
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British Dictionary definitions for black mulberry
/ (ˈmʌlbərɪ, -brɪ) /
noun plural -ries
any moraceous tree of the temperate genus Morus, having edible blackberry-like fruit, such as M. alba (white mulberry), the leaves of which are used to feed silkworms
the fruit of any of these trees
any of several similar or related trees, such as the paper mulberry and Indian mulberry
- a dark purple colour
- (as adjective)a mulberry dress
Word Origin for mulberry
C14: from Latin mōrum, from Greek moron; related to Old English mōrberie; compare Dutch moerbezie, Old High German mūrberi
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