Definition of hackberry in English:

hackberry

Syllabification: hack·ber·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈhakˌberē
 
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noun (plural hackberries)

  • 1A tree of the elm family that has leaves resembling those of nettles, found in both tropical and temperate regions. See also nettle tree.
    • Genus Celtis, family Ulmaceae: several species, in particular the North American hackberry (C. occidentalis), which bears edible purple berries and whose bark becomes ridged and covered with warty knobs
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    • In addition to the oaks, the city lost wax myrtles, hackberries, weeping willows and magnolias.
    • Some of the primary plants for butterfly larvae include: aspen, alfalfa, clover, nettle, pearly everlasting, milkweed, grasses, hackberry, parsley, vetch, and willow.
    • Walnut trees can also grow in small groups or as scattered specimens mixed with American elm, hackberry, boxelder, sugar maple, green and white ash, basswood, red oak, and hickory.
  • 1.1The berry of the hackberry tree.
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    • While the inhabitants of the cave probably consumed hackberries and grapes as fruits, the remaining seed present are likely incidental.
    • Wild fruits such as hackberries and grapes supplemented the diet.
    • The earliest inhabitants of the cave utilized the entrance chamber from autumn to winter, as evidenced by a reliance on the fall nut mast, such as hickory and walnut, and wild fruits such as hackberry.

Origin

mid 18th century: variant of northern English dialect hagberry, of Scandinavian origin.

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