[shad-ber-ee, -buh-ree]

noun, plural shad·ber·ries.

the fruit of a shadbush.
the plant itself.

Origin of shadberry

1795–1805, Americanism; shad (perhaps dial. shad cool spot, Old English scead shade, shelter) + berry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for shadberry


noun plural -ries

Word Origin for shadberry

C19: perhaps so called because they appear when shad fish are in the rivers to spawn
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