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[shad-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
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noun, plural shad·ber·ries.
  1. the fruit of a shadbush.
  2. the plant itself.
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Origin of shadberry

1795–1805, Americanism; shad (perhaps dial. shad cool spot, Old English scead shade, shelter) + berry
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British Dictionary definitions for shadberry


noun plural -ries
  1. another name for serviceberry (def. 1), serviceberry (def. 2)
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Word Origin

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