[ nahyn-bahrk ]

  1. any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Physocarpus, of the rose family, having bark that separates into thin layers.

Origin of ninebark

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; nine + bark2

Words Nearby ninebark Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ninebark in a sentence

  • The high-bush cranberries bore white blossoms here and there, and the ninebark bushes were covered with masses of pinkish buds.

    The Secret Cache | E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • Blaise, on the other side of a scraggly ninebark bush, seemed to be examining a pile of boulders and rock fragments.

    The Secret Cache | E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill