[blak-ber-ee, -buh-ree]

noun, plural black·ber·ries.

the fruit, black or very dark purple when ripe, of certain species of the genus Rubus.
the plant itself.

Origin of blackberry

before 1000; Middle English blakeberie, Old English blaceberie. See black, berry
Related formsblack·ber·ry·like, adjective


[blak-ber-ee, -buh-ree]


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Examples from the Web for blackberry

Contemporary Examples of blackberry

Historical Examples of blackberry

  • He had opened a jar of blackberry jam, and was just going for it with both hands.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • It may not be amiss to remark that I have never eaten a blackberry since.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • They are woven all over with lichens, and the blackberry binds them fast.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Peach, apricot and blackberry soufles are made the same way.

    Desserts and Salads

    Gesine Lemcke

  • Blackberry shrub, to their minds, was the medium of riotous dissipation.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

British Dictionary definitions for blackberry


noun plural -ries

Also called: bramble any of several woody plants of the rosaceous genus Rubus, esp R. fruticosus, that have thorny stems and black or purple glossy edible berry-like fruits (drupelets)
  1. the fruit of any of these plants
  2. (as modifier)blackberry jam
blackberry lily an ornamental Chinese iridaceous plant, Belamcanda chinensis, that has red-spotted orange flowers and clusters of black seeds that resemble blackberries

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

(intr) to gather blackberries




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Word Origin and History for blackberry

early 12c., from Old English blaceberian, from black (adj.) + berry. Also in Old English as bremelberie, bremelæppel (from bramble). The wireless handheld device of the same name introduced 1999.

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