[ doo-ber-ee, -buh-ree, dyoo- ]

noun,plural dew·ber·ries.
  1. (in North America) the fruit of any of several trailing blackberries of the genus Rubus.

  2. (in England) the fruit of a bramble, Rubus caesius.

  1. a plant bearing either fruit.

Origin of dewberry

First recorded in 1570–80; dew + berry

Words Nearby dewberry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use dewberry in a sentence

  • The dewberry (Rubus cæsius) is a handsome fruit, very like the Blackberry, but coming earlier.

  • The woodchuck spilled himself from under me, slid short about, and tumbled off for home by way of the dewberry-patch.

    Roof and Meadow | Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Company A was in an open ground covered with, dewberry vines, and the berries were ripe.

    Who Goes There? | Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  • Soon the trees fell away, and he came to a stretch of bank,—here naked earth, there clad in grass and dewberry vines.

    Audrey | Mary Johnston
  • Harky halted and stood motionless as any boulder on dewberry Knob.

    The Duck-footed Hound | James Arthur Kjelgaard

British Dictionary definitions for dewberry


/ (ˈdjuːbərɪ, -brɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. any trailing bramble, such as Rubus hispidus of North America and R. caesius of Europe and NW Asia, having blue-black fruits

  2. the fruit of any such plant

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