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[straw-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
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noun, plural straw·ber·ries.
  1. the fruit of any stemless plant belonging to the genus Fragaria, of the rose family, consisting of an enlarged fleshy receptacle bearing achenes on its exterior.
  2. the plant itself.
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Origin of strawberry

before 1000; Middle English; Old English strēawberige. See straw, berry
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noun plural -ries
    1. any of various low-growing rosaceous plants of the genus Fragaria, such as F. vesca (wild strawberry) and F. ananassa (garden strawberry), which have white flowers and red edible fruits and spread by runners
    2. (as modifier)a strawberry patch
    1. the fruit of any of these plants, consisting of a sweet fleshy receptacle bearing small seedlike parts (the true fruits)
    2. (as modifier)strawberry ice cream
  1. barren strawberry a related Eurasian plant, Potentilla sterilis, that does not produce edible fruit
    1. a purplish-red colour
    2. (as adjective)strawberry shoes
  2. another name for strawberry mark
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Word Origin

Old English streawberige; perhaps from the strawlike appearance of the runners
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Word Origin and History for strawberry


Old English streawberige, from streaw "straw" (see straw) + berige "berry" (see berry). There is no corresponding compound in any other Germanic language; the reason for the name is uncertain, but perhaps it is in reference to the tiny chaff-like external seeds which cover the fruit. A cognate Old English name was eorðberge "earth-berry" (cf. Modern German erdbeere). Strawberry blonde is attested from 1884.

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