Definition of boysenberry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈboizənˌberē/

noun (plural boysenberries)

1A large red edible fruit resembling a blackberry.
Example sentences
  • It is a brilliant dark ruby wine filled with the aromas of spices and dark ripe fruits like boysenberries and plums.
  • Blueberries, blackberries and boysenberries, for example, are at the top of the list, according to researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.
  • My favorite Red Car wine so far, though, is ‘The Stranger,’ which reminded me of a pudding made with ripe blackberries, boysenberries and a hint of blueberry.
2The shrubby plant that bears the boysenberry, which is a hybrid of several kinds of bramble.
  • Rubus loganobaccus, family Rosaceae.
Example sentences
  • ‘The Berry Garden,’ in another area, contains raspberries, boysenberries, huckleberries and gooseberries.
  • The boysenberry canes are bursting with bright green leaves and overflowing the square of low trellises behind the old flagstone barbecue.
  • Making a large plant, the boysenberry is hardy and extremely resistant to drought.


1930s: named after Robert Boysen (died 1950), the American horticulturalist who developed it.

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Syllabification: boy·sen·ber·ry

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