• Barberry
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n barberry any of numerous plants of the genus Berberis having prickly stems and yellow flowers followed by small red berries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Barberry (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barberry A shrub of the genus Berberis, B. vulgaris, bearing racemes of yellow ill-smelling flowers, which produce red elongated berries of a pleasantly acid flavor, a native of Europe and extensively naturalized in New England. From the root of the barberry a yellow coloring matter is obtained, which when rendered brown by alkalis is used in the manufacture of morocco leather. In England also called pepperidge or piprage. See Berberis.
    • n barberry The fruit of this shrub.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barberry bär′ber-i a thorny shrub with yellow flowers and red berries, common in hedges.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. barbarin, barbere, OF. berbere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. berberis; the Ar. barbaris is borrowed.


In literature:

It is also a good time to plant filberts, hazel-nuts, and barberries.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
Nobody else cared for barberry bushes except the lady.
"Eyebright" by Susan Coolidge
Some such plea as this, though with a smaller measure of assurance, I should make in behalf of plants like the barberry and the bramble.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
The path grew wider, and was hedged with barberries and wild roses.
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
Barberries or radish tops pickled in bunches, are a pretty garnish for mangoes.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
BARBERRY, dark or red-leaved variety, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Do you care for that bit of barberry?
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
BARBERRIES, when preserved for tarts, must be picked clean from the stalks, choosing such as are free from stones.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Barberries, to preserve 225 Biscuits ib.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
What do you say to Barberry Cove?
"The Daughter of the Storage" by William Dean Howells

In poetry:

Climbing the loose-piled wall that hems
The road along the mill-pond's brink,
From 'neath the arching barberry-stems,
My footstep scares the shy chewink.
"Beaver Brook" by James Russell Lowell
I flung a wild rose into the sea,
I know not why.
For swinging there on a rathe rose-tree,
By the scented bay and barberry,
Its petals gave all their sweet to me,
As I passed by.
"Waste" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

I see baby barberries growing in my woods, springing up under their mother plants in ornamental hedgerows in town and maturing into dense thickets in forests.
Contents from a harvested grouse stomach include barberries and Hawthorne fruit.