Barberry Bar"ber*ry, n. [OE. barbarin, barbere, OF. berbere.] (Bot.) A shrub of the genus {Berberis}, common along roadsides and in neglected fields. {Berberis vulgaris} is the species best known; its oblong red berries are made into a preserve or sauce, and have been deemed efficacious in fluxes and fevers. The bark dyes a fine yellow, esp. the bark of the root. [Also spelt {berberry}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • barberry — [bär′ber΄ē, bär′bə rē] n. pl. barberries [ME berberie (infl. by berie,BERRY) < ML barberis < Ar barbārīs] 1. any of a genus (Berberis) of spiny shrubs of the barberry family, with sour, red berries and yellow flowers: it is often used for… …   English World dictionary

  • barberry — /bahr ber ee, beuh ree/, n., pl. barberries. 1. a shrub of the genus Berberis, esp. B. vulgaris, having yellow flowers in elongated clusters. Cf. barberry family. 2. the red, elongated, acid fruit of this shrub. [1350 1400; ME barbere < ML… …   Universalium

  • barberry — noun Etymology: Middle English berberie, from Medieval Latin berberis, from Arabic barbārīs Date: 14th century any of a genus (Berberis of the family Berberidaceae, the barberry family) of shrubs usually having spines, usually yellow flowers, and …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • barberry — raugerškis statusas T sritis augalininkystė apibrėžtis Dekoratyvių, vaistinių ir vaisinių raugerškinių (Berberidaceae) šeimos augalų gentis. Yra daug rūšių. Kaip vaisiniai augalai dažniausiai auginamos paprastojo raugerškio (Berberis vulgaris L.) …   Žemės ūkio augalų selekcijos ir sėklininkystės terminų žodynas

  • barberry — noun A thorny shrub that bears yellow flowers and red or blue black berries …   Wiktionary

  • barberry — bar·ber·ry bär .ber ē, Brit often & US sometimes b(ə )rē n, pl ries 1) any shrub of the genus Berberis 2 a) an evergreen shrub of the genus Mahonia (esp. M. aquifolium) b) BERBERIS ( …   Medical dictionary

  • barberry — bar·ber·ry || bɑːbÉ™rɪ n. type of bush; fruit of this bush …   English contemporary dictionary

  • barberry — noun (plural barberries) a spiny shrub with yellow flowers and red berries. [Berberis vulgaris and other species.] Origin ME: from OFr. berberis (see berberis) …   English new terms dictionary

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