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Barberry definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

B'ARBERRY, n. [L. berberis.]
1. A plant of the genus berberis, common in hedges; called in England, pipperidge bush. The berries are used in housewifery, and are deemed efficacious in fluxes and fevers. The bark dyes a fine yellow, especially the bark of the root. This plant is pernicious to wheat, the ears of which will not fill, if within the effluvia of the plant; and the influence of this has been known to extend three or four hundred yards.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: any of numerous plants of the genus Berberis having prickly stems and yellow flowers followed by small red berries

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English berberie, from Medieval Latin berberis, from Arabic barb?r?s Date: 14th century any of a genus (Berberis of the family Berberidaceae, the barberry family) of shrubs usually having spines, usually yellow flowers, and oblong red or blackish berries

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 any shrub of the genus Berberis, with spiny shoots, yellow flowers, and ovoid red berries, often grown as hedges. 2 its berry. Etymology: ME f. OF berberis, of unkn. orig.: assim. to BERRY

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Barberry Bar"ber*ry, n. [OE. barbarin, barbere, OF. berbere.] (Bot.) A shrub of the genus Berberis, common along roadsides and in neglected fields. B. vulgaris is the species best known; its oblong red berries are made into a preserve or sauce, and have been deemed efficacious in fluxes and fevers. The bark dyes a fine yellow, esp. the bark of the root. [Also spelt berberry.]

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Pepperidge-bush or pipperidgebush (Berberis vulgaris).



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