Definition of mulberry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈməlˌberē/

noun (plural mulberries)

1 (also mulberry tree or bush) A small deciduous tree with broad leaves, native to East Asia and long cultivated elsewhere.
  • Genus Morus, family Moraceae, in particular the white mulberry (M. alba), originally grown for feeding silkworms, and the black (or common) mulberry (M. nigra), grown for its fruit. See also paper mulberry.
Example sentences
  • In summertime the Ferris hills were a-thrive with greenery; even now, when the sky was bleak, the vivid colours of the maple leaves and the mulberry bush seemed to radiate light.
  • Through the branches, and you reached an overgrown stone path that led to an ancient mulberry tree, falling in the shape of a weeping willow.
  • There's still a tree there, but is it a mulberry tree?
1.1The dark red or white loganberrylike fruit of the mulberry tree.
Example sentences
  • Morus nigra and M. alba, the black and white mulberries respectively, are fruits of Asian origin.
  • The deep red fruit of the mulberry is the everlasting memorial of these true lovers.
  • We then all sat down on a big red carpet under a shade tree, and the farmers passed around refreshments - a tray of white mulberries, and six glasses of shorombe, ‘the Afghan beer,’ as Mohibi called it.
2A dark red or purple color: [as modifier]: a mulberry carpet
More example sentences
  • From autumn through winter berries are produced in a wide range of colours - purple, rose, mulberry, white - depending on the variety.
  • Her mid-length brown hair was decorated with tiny braids and thick mulberry streaks, pinned back in a high ponytail.
  • Our teeth shall be stained mulberry.


Old English mōrberie, from Latin morum + berry; related to Dutch moerbezie and German Maulbeere.

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Syllabification: mul·ber·ry

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