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raspberry

[ raz-ber-ee, -buh-ree, rahz- ]
/ ˈræzˌbɛr i, -bə ri, ˈrɑz- /
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noun, plural rasp·ber·ries.
the fruit of any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family, consisting of small and juicy red, black, or pale yellow drupelets forming a detachable cap about a convex receptacle.
any shrub bearing this fruit.
a dark reddish-purple color.
Informal.
  1. Bronx cheer.
  2. any sign or expression of dislike or derision.
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Origin of raspberry

1615–25; earlier rasp(is) raspberry (< ?) + berry; (def. 4) by shortening of raspberry tart, rhyming slang for fart
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British Dictionary definitions for raspberry

raspberry
/ (ˈrɑːzbərɪ, -brɪ) /

noun plural -ries
any of the prickly shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, such as R. strigosus of E North America and R. idaeus of Europe, that have pinkish-white flowers and typically red berry-like fruits (drupelets)See also bramble
  1. the fruit of any such plant
  2. (as modifier)raspberry jelly
black raspberry Popular name: blackcap
  1. a related plant, Rubus occidentalis, of E North America, that has black berry-like fruits
  2. the fruit of this plant
  1. a dark purplish-red colour
  2. (as adjective)a raspberry dress
a spluttering noise made with the tongue and lips to express contempt (esp in the phrase blow a raspberry)

Word Origin for raspberry

C17: from earlier raspis raspberry, of unknown origin + berry : C19 in sense 5, from rhyming slang raspberry tart fart
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