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inkberry

[ ingk-ber-ee, -buh-ree ]
/ ˈɪŋkˌbɛr i, -bə ri /
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noun, plural ink·ber·ries.
Also called gallberry. a shrub, Ilex glabra, having leathery, evergreen leaves and black berries.
the pokeweed.
the berry of either plant.
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Origin of inkberry

An Americanism dating back to 1755–65; ink + berry
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How to use inkberry in a sentence

  • The name inkberry was given to the plant because of the strong stain of the berry juice which was sometimes used for ink.

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  • These nests were in dense inkberry brush approximately five feet above the ground.

British Dictionary definitions for inkberry

inkberry
/ (ˈɪŋkˌbɛrɪ) /

noun plural -ries
a North American holly tree, Ilex glabra, with black berry-like fruits
another name for the pokeweed
the fruit of either of these plants
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