blackberry

Definitions

  • Phebe, the Blackberry Girl
    Phebe, the Blackberry Girl
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blackberry pick or gather blackberries "The children went blackberrying"
    • n blackberry large sweet black or very dark purple edible aggregate fruit of any of various bushes of the genus Rubus
    • n blackberry bramble with sweet edible black or dark purple berries that usually do not separate from the receptacle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The blackberry bush is also called the "bramble."
    • n Blackberry The fruit of several species of bramble (Rubus); also, the plant itself. Rubus fruticosus is the blackberry of England; Rubus villosus and Rubus Canadensis are the high blackberry and low blackberry of the United States. There are also other kinds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blackberry The fruit of those species of Rubus in which the receptacle becomes juicy and falls off with the drupelets, in distinction from the raspberry. The principal European species is R. fruticosus. In the United States there are several kinds, as the high blackberry, R. villosus, some varieties of which are extensively cultivated; the low blackberry or dewberry, R. Canadensis; the bush-blackberry, R. trivialis, of the Southern States; the running swamp-blackberry, R. hispidus; and the sand-blackberry, R. cuneifolius. In Scotland generally called bramble, and in the west of Scotland black-boyd or black-bide.
    • n blackberry In some parts of England, the black currant, Ribes nigrum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Blackberry the berry of the bramble
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blakberye, AS. blæcberie,; blæc, black + berie, berry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blac, blæc, black.

Usage

In literature:

I have never seen anywhere so many blackberries, which were now ripe.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
Blackberries is good fur June an' the jam'll take us through winter if Bull Run and Appomattox ain' too healthy.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
Thoreau set to work to clean up two acres of blackberry brambles for a garden-patch.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
They ran a race down to the blackberry patch.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
They sat down and fanned themselves with their aprons, and presently started out for some blackberries.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
They are lots worse than blackberries.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
The place has magnificent orchards, peach, apple and cherry with grapes and blackberries also.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
A quail whistled from the tangle of blackberry briars by the roadside.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Don't you know that we haven't had blackberry wintah yet, and it's bound to turn cold again when they bloom?
"Mary Ware's Promised Land" by Annie Fellows Johnston
At about 5 o'clock A.M., Jared Wells, my old tent mate, and I went out blackberrying.
"The Twenty-fifth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion" by George P. Bissell
I guess they were out picking blackberries!
"Peggy-Alone" by Mary Agnes Byrne
It's worse than that day last summer when we went blackberrying and came home at ten in the morning, thinking it was six.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
He must have come down to pick blackberries.
"The Tale of the The Muley Cow" by Arthur Scott Bailey
All Amy's grand dreams of making a fortune by picking blackberries were at an end.
"The Nursery, August 1873, Vol. XIV. No. 2" by Various
We slid behind blackberry bushes and ash piles and across ditches and over hedge fences, and whistled.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
I think cook would make a blackberry pudding.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
Some of the blackberries were ripe, and his lips were soon stained with their juice.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
I met them down in the blackberry patch.
"Tabitha at Ivy Hall" by Ruth Alberta Brown
High up along the road I saw some ripe blackberries.
"Honey-Bee" by Anatole France
After school, some of the children went blackberry-picking, and the Harrisons were of the number.
"Amy Harrison" by Amy Harrison
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In poetry:

We have eaten
the blackberries and spat out
the seeds, but they lie
glittering like the eyes of a man.
"Thirteen Blackbirds Looking at a Man" by R S Thomas
On wood and stream the hills look down,
On farm and orchard-land;
And o'er the hills she came to me
Through wildrose-brake and blackberry,
The hill wind hand in hand.
"A Rose O’ The Hills" by Madison Julius Cawein
And if you march beside some Kentish hedge,
And blackberries hang thick clustered o'er the ways,
Hick down a branch! Rest by the road's brown edge;
Eat! Nor forget our last vacation days!
"To My Son" by Anonymous Americas
Killeadean's my village, and every good's in it;
The rasp and blackberry to set to one's tooth;
And if Raftery stood in the midst of his people,
Old age would go from him, and he'd step to his youth!
"Sojourning and Wandering" by Padraic Colum
More than one day--more than one night,
Comes on them there alone!
They search for blackberries, so weak
And starving they are grown,
Now through a thicket of wild brier,
Now 'gainst a hindering stone!
"The Babes In The Wood" by Clara Doty Bates
I found the fields where, row on row,
The blackberries hang dark with fruit;
Where, nesting at the elder's root,
The partridge whistles soft and low;
The fields, that billow to the foot
Of those old hills we used to know.
"Friends" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

It's a big wine, with potent raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit.
Other executives insist they could not live without Palm Pilot, which shares some features with BlackBerry.
Abundant blackberries bring back new-house memories.
At long last, there is good news for Blackberry fans.
BlackBerry decline continues through first quarter, IDC says.
Early adoption of BlackBerry 10 by government and corporate clients will go a long way in easing the concerns of both RIM's clients and investors.
Indonesians Still Love Their BlackBerrys.
RIM recently announced that the BlackBerry 10 platform has been certified to allow government agencies to deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones when the new operating system launches on Jan 30.
I have an old BlackBerry with Rogers Wireless (in Canada), and I'm taking my mom to Albania in June.
VALENTIN FLAURAUD/REUTERS Researchers say the iPhone is the allergy -friendly choice when compared to RIM's Blackberry.
Basic in-air BlackBerry capability starts at $100,000, while full international video-streaming over a top-line Ku band satellite service can run $500,000.
For now, Serve supports iOS and Android operating systems, though a BlackBerry app is on the way, Dan Shulman, head of Enterprise Growth at American Express told PCMag.
Research In Motion shares jump more than 17 per cent in anticipation of BlackBerry 10 success (updated).
Skewered Shrimp & Blackberries with Sesame Ginger Marinade, and Strawberry Watermelon Aqua Fresca.
Times Says People Ashamed To Use BlackBerries.
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