hackberry

[hak-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
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noun, plural hack·ber·ries.

any of several trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Celtis, of the elm family, bearing cherrylike fruit.
the sometimes edible fruit of such a tree.
the wood of such a tree.

Nearby words

  1. hack hammer,
  2. hack house,
  3. hack off,
  4. hackamore,
  5. hackathon,
  6. hackbut,
  7. hackbuteer,
  8. hackensack,
  9. hacker,
  10. hackery

Origin of hackberry

1775–85, Americanism; variant of hagberry (of Scandinavian origin)

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British Dictionary definitions for hackberry

hackberry

noun plural -ries

any American tree or shrub of the ulmaceous genus Celtis, having edible cherry-like fruits
the fruit or soft yellowish wood of such a tree

Word Origin for hackberry

C18: variant of C16 hagberry, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse heggr hackberry

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