[ tee-ber-ee, -buh-ree ]
/ ˈtiˌbɛr i, -bə ri /
noun, plural tea·ber·ries.
the spicy red fruit of the American wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens.
Why Do We Call Them Berries?The berry family is a linguistic invention particular to Germanic languages, like English. Other languages, like Spanish and French, do not combine the wide, diverse berry family into one group, but rather have very different words for blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.
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Examples from the Web for tea-berry
Molly, feeling a touch of rheumatism, was somewhere in the lower thicket seeking a tea-berry tonic.Lobo, Rag and Vixen|Ernest Seton-Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for tea-berry
/ (ˈtiːbərɪ, -brɪ) /
noun plural -ries
the berry of the wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
another name for wintergreen (def. 1)
Word Origin for teaberry
C19: so called because its dried leaves have been used as a substitute for tea
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