Definition of baneberry in English:


Syllabification: bane·ber·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈbānˌberē

noun (plural baneberries)

  • 1A plant of the buttercup family that bears fluffy spikes of creamy-white flowers followed by shiny berries. Native to north temperate regions, it was formerly used in medicine.
    • Genus Actaea, family Ranunculaceae: many species, including the North American white baneberry (A. pachypoda), with clusters of black-eyed white berries on red stalks
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    • Common in the understory are chokecherry, beaked hazelnut, a wild rose, red baneberry, thimbleberry, and bracken.
    • In place of Aryan glory I'd grown patches of wiry baneberry thistles interspersed with industrial size brillo bathtub scrubbers.
    • Some of the rare plants to benefit from the Project will include limestone fern, baneberry, soloman's seal and rigid buckler fern.
  • 1.1The bitter, typically poisonous berry of the baneberry plant.
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    • Mountain ash will hold its berries all winter, but baneberries are falling, drops of lip-red venom in the moss.
    • But baneberries have some subtle but noticeable differences from the highbush cranberries.
    • Next you will add three baneberries; this is very important because if you don't, you will make the Draught of Unknown Desires, which will be effective for about an hour.


mid 18th century: from bane in the sense 'poison' + berry.

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