- 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.
- Bronx cheer.
- any sign or expression of dislike or derision.
Origin of raspberry
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Contemporary Examples of raspberries
Some of the most popular include Kriek (fermented with sour cherries), Framboise (raspberries), and Pêche (peaches).Wine Snobs, There’s a Beer for You
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Eat: While hiking, keep an eye out for wild strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, and currants.Nine Amazing Places To Skinny Dip Around The World
September 21, 2013
Top each cake circle with a handful of the raspberries and a scoop of the ice cream.That '70s Food
April 22, 2011
Top with any of the following · Mixed berry—8 ounces each, hulled strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.Sweet Brits
April 4, 2011
Pour your blueberries, strawberries, apple, raspberries, and peach syrup into the skillet.How to Cook 'Ghetto Gourmet'
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December 8, 2009
Historical Examples of raspberries
Or perhaps it would be safer to begin with raspberries and cream.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Eat it with fresh strawberries, raspberries, or with any sort of sweetmeats.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Plombiere of raspberries, currants or cherries is made in a similar manner.
Pains of raspberries or currants are made the same way, using no lemon.
Strawberries and raspberries can also be had all the year round.The Hawaiian Islands
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- 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
- the fruit of any such plant
- (as modifier)raspberry jelly
- black raspberry Popular name: blackcap
- a related plant, Rubus occidentalis, of E North America, that has black berry-like fruits
- the fruit of this plant
- a dark purplish-red colour
- (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
1620s, earlier raspis berry (1540s), possibly from raspise "a sweet rose-colored wine" (mid-15c.), from Anglo-Latin vinum raspeys, origin uncertain, as is the connection between this and Old French raspe, Medieval Latin raspecia, raspeium, also meaning "raspberry." One suggestion is via Old Walloon raspoie "thicket," of Germanic origin. Klein suggests it is via the French word, from a Germanic source akin to English rasp (v.), with an original sense of "rough berry," based on appearance.
A native plant of Europe and Asiatic Russia, the name was applied to a similar vine in North America. Meaning "rude sound" (1890) is shortening of raspberry tart, rhyming slang for fart.