Definition of baneberry in English:

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: bane·ber·ry

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