Definition of berry in English:


Syllabification: ber·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈberē

noun (plural berries)

  • 1A small roundish juicy fruit without a stone: juniper berries [as modifier]: berry clusters
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    • Add the black peppercorns, juniper berries, thyme, rosemary, sage, lovage, and bay leaf.
    • The primary flavoring agent, the one used by all producers is the juniper berry.
    • Using a mortar and pestle, mix the berries with the muscovado sugar and lime juice, crush roughly and leave to marinade with the purple basil leaves.
  • 1.1 Botany Any fruit that has its seeds enclosed in a fleshy pulp, for example, a banana or tomato.
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    • For the number of flowers, berries and seeds per fruit, ten inflorescences were used, each inflorescence sampling from a different vine or cutting.
    • Drupes and berries, the classic fleshy fruits, first appeared in the late Cretaceous or early Tertiary.
    • A varied composition provides continuity of food supply for birds and small mammals, with seeds, fruits and berries ripening at different times.
  • 1.2Any of various kernels or seeds, such as the coffee bean.
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    • The tiny borer spends its entire larval life inside the coffee berry, which encases the seed, commonly known as the coffee bean.
    • These fussy foragers pick the best and ripest coffee berries.
    • Red coffee berries are plucked from the tree and roasted on a griddle.
  • 1.3A fish egg or the roe of a lobster or similar creature.


Old English berie, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bes and German Beere.

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