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

noun, plural tea·ber·ries.

the spicy red fruit of the American wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens.

Origin of teaberry

First recorded in 1790–1800; tea + berry
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Examples from the Web for tea-berry

Historical Examples of 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


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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Word Origin and History for tea-berry

American wintergreen, 1818, from tea + berry, so called because the dried berries were used as a substitute for tea.

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