• Hackberry. Nettle-tree
    Hackberry. Nettle-tree
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hackberry small edible dark purple to black berry with large pits; southern United States
    • n hackberry any of various trees of the genus Celtis having inconspicuous flowers and small berrylike fruits
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hackberry (Bot) A genus of trees (Celtis) related to the elm, but bearing drupes with scanty, but often edible, pulp. Celtis occidentalis is common in the Eastern United States.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hackberry Same as hagberry. Also called bird-cherry.
    • n hackberry An American tree, Celtis occidentalis, natural order Urticaceæ, allied to the elm. It ranges from Canada to Florida and west to Texas, but is most typical and abundant in the Mississippi valley. It has a number of well-marked forms, some of which were formerly regarded as distinct species, but they are found to be connected by intermediate ones. That of western Texas, however, is regarded as a variety (reticulata). The hackberry sometimes becomes a large tree 4 or 5 feet in diameter and 80 or 100 feet high. The wood is white and soft, but heavy, coarse-grained, and not durable; it is used in the manufacture of cheap furniture, but chiefly as fence-timber. The fruit is an edible drupe, of sweetish taste and light-red color, the size of a bird-cherry. Also called nettle-tree, hoop-ash, false elm, beaverwood, many-berry, and sugarberry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hackberry hak′ber-i an American tree, allied to the elm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Hagberry.


In literature:

He brought some mysterious bags and tin boxes from the grub wagon and set them in the shade of the hackberry where I lay reclined.
"Heart of the West" by O. Henry
On a cool, canvas-covered cot in the shade of the hackberry trees Sam Galloway passed the greater part of his time.
"Sixes and Sevens" by O. Henry
In a few days afterward, we were camping on Hackberry Creek, in the Indian Territory.
"The Old Santa Fe Trail" by Henry Inman
Within a month, our cows must rest in the shade of Hackberry Grove and be watering out of those upper springs.
"Wells Brothers" by Andy Adams
The little clusters of fine twigs here and there in the hackberry grow into spheres of fleecy fruit.
"Some Winter Days in Iowa" by Frederick John Lazell
Green ash and hackberry are also hardy against both cold and moisture, but of slow growth.
"Practical Forestry in the Pacific Northwest" by Edward Tyson Allen
The bridge there is hidden in summer by a grove of hackberries.
"Golden Stories" by Various
The presence of birds may be encouraged by planting hackberry and other trees or shrubs of which they are fond.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
Our furniture was made of oak 'cepting de chairs, and dey was made out of hackberry.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Timber is found on both sides; generally hackberry, cotton-wood, and ash.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Shorty and Hackberry grappled fiercely.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
The bridge there is hidden in summer by a grove of hackberrys.
"The Nerve of Foley" by Frank H. Spearman
Let's set down a minute on that air hackberry log.
"The Graysons" by Edward Eggleston
A mocking-bird sang in a hackberry tree.
"The Sheriff of Badger" by George B. Pattullo
The streams in the Flint Hills have fringe-forests of elm, hackberry, walnut, ash, and willow.
"Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas" by Artie L. Metcalf
Found in ancient water conduit near Mojave, Hackberry, Ariz. V. rare and curious.
"American Antiquities" by Wm. B. Norman
Like the Tawny Emperor this species feeds in the larval state upon the leaves of hackberry.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed
Nests are placed about 30 feet high in cottonwood, elm, osage orange, hackberry, juniper, locust, cliffsides, and buildings of man.
"The Breeding Birds of Kansas" by Richard F. Johnston
It is easy to mistake the hackberry for an elm; the habits of the two trees lead the casual observer astray.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
The nest was 6 feet from the ground and 4 feet out in the crotch of a limb of a hackberry tree.
"Life Histories of North American Wood Warblers Part One and Part Two" by Arthur Bent

In news:

This recipe was shown to me by a sweet little lady named Amy Elmer in Hackberry, Louisiana.
Champion common hackberry in Warren County, NJ.
This year, I have gotten a few reports of the aphids on hackberry trees.
Snouts are colored brown with orange patches and white spots and they love hackberry trees.
With its large golf course, a country club and homes billed as "luxurious" and "distinctive," the gated Hackberry Creek subdivision has many high-end amenities for its residents.
Paul Grindol, a guide for Hackberry's Rod and Gun Club in Hackberry, La.
Hackberry Rod and Gun reports anglers are continuing to catch sold trout on finger mullet fished in the ship channel.
At the same time, the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes will close in the Hackberry Bay public oyster seed reservation in Jefferson and Lafourche parishes.
PORT ARTHUR — Last week Hackberry Rod and Gun reported good numbers of ling around the rigs.
The fine leaves of the Hackberry, located in the grove behind my house, flutter down in golden showers.
Glenn Heights will be turning off the water for Cedar, Hackberry, Pecan, Red Bud and westend of Locust for repair work from 9 am Thursday, June 24 until further notice.
Boozoo Chavis, Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Beausoleil, the Hackberry Ramblers, Zachary Richard, BeauJocque, Keith Frank, Lil Brian, Terrance Simien, Wayne Toups, Jo-El Sonner and Rosie Ledet.
The 300 East Hackberry location will be moved to 301 West Hall Acres in Pharr and re-open next Tuesday.
Ranchers shipping cattle from Hackberry, Arizona in 1918.
Self-seeded cottonwoods, hackberries, chokecherries, box elders, and willows are removed from my flowerbeds where they all too often take root.