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Pronunciation: /ˈbɛri/

noun (plural berries)

1A small roundish juicy fruit without a stone: juniper berries
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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.
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.


[no object] (usually as noun berrying) Back to top  
Gather berries.
Example sentences
  • After tea we went berrying.
  • The next afternoon he went berrying with a little boy who lived next door.
  • He rode about with Uncle Frank in the grocery wagon, he tended store, he fished, and went berrying.


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



Pronunciation: /ˈbɛrid/
[often in combination]: red-berried elder trees
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  • To one side is flowering vegetation and to the other an alert exotic bird shrieks from a ball finial beside a potted berried bush and a teapot, insects and butterflies whirl above.
  • In the West we have used our native holly, ivy and mistletoe rather than any other foliage plant or berried bush, sometimes separately, sometimes in combination in the form of a wreath or garland.
  • The stormcock, a fine and appropriate alternative name for the mistle thrush, will defend a berried bush, especially in hard weather, against other birds of the thrush family, blackbirds, song thrushes; and our winter visitors the redwings and fieldfares.

Words that rhyme with berry

beriberi, BlackBerry, bury, Ceri, Derry, ferry, Gerry, jerry, Kerry, merry, perry, Pondicherry, sherry, terry, very, wherry, wolfberry

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A former province of central France; chief town, Bourges.

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