berry

Definitions

  • Phebe with a Basket of Berries
    Phebe with a Basket of Berries
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v berry pick or gather berries "We went berrying in the summer"
    • n berry any of numerous small and pulpy edible fruits; used as desserts or in making jams and jellies and preserves
    • n Berry United States rock singer (born in 1931)
    • n berry a small fruit having any of various structures, e.g., simple (grape or blueberry) or aggregate (blackberry or raspberry)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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COUNTRY-WOMEN SELLING BERRIES ON THE ROAD TO STOREN COUNTRY-WOMEN SELLING BERRIES ON THE ROAD TO STOREN

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Not only do apple seeds contain cyanogens, precursors to cyanide, but peach pits, almond skins, citrus fruits and some berrys contain them aswell.
    • n Berry A mound; a hillock.
    • Berry (Bot) A small fruit that is pulpy or succulent throughout, having seeds loosely imbedded in the pulp, as the currant, grape, blueberry.
    • Berry Any small fleshy fruit, as the strawberry, mulberry, huckleberry, etc.
    • Berry One of the ova or eggs of a fish.
    • Berry The coffee bean.
    • v. i Berry To bear or produce berries.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Oranges, lemons, watermelons, and tomatoes are berries.
    • n berry In botany: In ordinary use, any small pulpy fruit, as the huckleberry, strawberry, blackberry, mulberry, cheekerberry, etc., of which only the first is a berry in the technical sense.
    • n berry Technically, a simple fruit in which the entire pericarp is fleshy, excepting the outer skin or epicarp, as the banana, tomato, grape, currant, etc.
    • n berry The dry kernel of certain kinds of grain, etc., as the berry of wheat and barley, or the coffee-berry. See cut under wheat.
    • n berry Something resembling a berry, as one of the ova or eggs of lobsters, crabs, or other crustaceans, or the drupe of Rhamnus infectorius, used in dyeing.
    • berry To bear or produce berries.
    • berry To gather berries: as, to go berrying.
    • n berry A mound; a barrow.
    • n berry A burrow, especially a rabbit's burrow.
    • n berry An excavation; a military mine.
    • berry To beat; give a beating to.
    • berry To thresh (grain, etc.).
    • n berry A gust of wind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pineapples are classified as berries.
    • n Berry ber′i a popular term for any small succulent fruit, but restricted in botanical language to simple fruits with pericarp succulent throughout, whether developed from superior (grape, potato, bitternut, belladonna, bryony, asparagus, tomato), or more commonly inferior ovary (gooseberry, currant, barberry, bilberry, &c.)—thus, strictly, the strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, are not berries
    • v.i Berry to come into berry, to swell
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Quotations

  • The Koran
    The Koran
    “There is a devil in every berry of the grape.”

Idioms

Brown as a berry - Someone who is very sun tanned is brown as a berry.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. berie, AS. berie, berige,; akin to D. bes, G. beere, OS. and OHG. beri, Icel. ber, Sw. bär, Goth. basi, and perh. Skr. bhas, to eat

Usage

In literature:

Split, spread sweetened berries between layers and on top, and cover generously with whipped cream.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
I hol' gett fas'; 'e is bin-a 'come berry mad.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
There was a torn gash on the trunk of the tree, and no long bough red with berries was anywhere to be seen.
"A Young Mutineer" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
Wild vines encircle the trees, and among them are seen the white berries of the mistletoe.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Stole his pardner's berries an' roots, mebbe.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
In August they gather the choke-berry and service-berry, to dry for the winter.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
Most kinds of bears eat berries, fruits, soft roots of trees, and fish when they can catch it.
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
The fruit of the coffee-tree is a deep-red berry not quite so large as a cherry.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Soon all the trees had grown up and become great forests, and the hawthorns were covered with berries.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
In October, 1596, he had despatched from Limehouse his pinnace, the Watt, under Captain Leonard Berry.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
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In poetry:

Break yourself off a wild stem
And after it a berry,-
No wild strawberry is larger or sweeter
Than one from a graveyard.
""You walk, and look like me"" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
"And he took my wampum chain,
Looked and looked it o'er again;
Gave me berries, and, beside,
On my neck a plaything tied."
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
No need for bowl or silver spoon,
Sugar or spice or cream,
Has the wild berry plucked in June
Beside the trickling stream.
"Wild Strawberries" by Robert Graves
Come, beside a sandy lake,
Feed a fire with stems of grass;
Roasting berries steam and shake —
Talking hours swiftly pass!
"A Lover's Quarrel Among the Fairies" by William Butler Yeats
But give me holly, bold and jolly,
Honest, prickly, shining holly;
Pluck me holly leaf and berry
For the day when I make merry
"Give Me Holly" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Nothing is better, I well know,
Than love; no amber in cold sea
Or gathered berries under snow:
That is well seen of her and me.
"The Leper" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

View full size Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer Rosie Flores, shown duckwalking during her set at the American Music Masters concert honoring Chuck Berry last week, is back in town for her own gig.
Duncan Berry at the Salmon River, with the 529-acre Westwind behind him.
Berry is on the board of the nonprofit Westwind Stewardship Group.
Video by John Berry / The Post-Standard Watch video.
Chiefs' Eric Berry Gets Arrowhead.
Eat Wheat Berries for Breakfast.
So skip the bagel, and boil up some wheat berries instead.
Sara Berry Short's world-premiere murder mystery is an intriguing but frustratingly unrealized blend of classic noir and classical history.
Caleb Duane Flook infant son of McClure T and Elizabeth E Berry Flook Jr passed away at birth on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the Geisinger Medical Center.
Maternal grandparents, Mr & Mrs Duane Berry.
Motown, the new musical about the life and career of music mogul Berry Gordy, will begin Broadway previews March 11, 2013, at the Lunt- Fontanne Theatre, producers announced Aug 27.
Chuck Berry, who helped invent rock 'n' roll, wrote one of his most famous songs, "Johnny B. Goode" about his piano player Johnnie Johnson, who has also backed such performers as Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker.
While spring tends to get so much attention from winter-weary Western Pennsylvania foragers, hungry for ramps and other wild greens, and many people forage for berries in the summer, there's also lots of foraging to be done in the fall.
As ambitious glee clubber and social pariah Rachel Berry.
The new varieties include Lemon Iced Tea, Honey and Ginseng Green Tea, Half Iced Tea & Half Lemonade, Berry Punch Juice Drink and Strawberry Lemonade Juice Drink.
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In science:

The spectrum in this case was called the ring spectrum by Longuet-Higgins (1957a,b) and Berry and Dennis (2000), and is conjectured to model the high eigenfunctions in quantum chaotic billiards (Berry 1978, 2002).
Correlations and screening of topological charges in gaussian random fields
This function was also derived by different means by Liu and Mazenko (1992), and in the n = 1 case by Rice (1954), and the n = 2 case by Berry and Dennis (2000) and Foltin (2003a). g (r) is plotted in figure 1 for two choices of the field correlation function C for n = 2.
Correlations and screening of topological charges in gaussian random fields
Less well-known than critical points, umbilic points are geometric point singularity features associated with the second derivative of f - namely where hessian matrix of second derivatives ∂ij f is degenerate (Berry and Hannay 1977, Porteous 2001, Hilbert and Cohn-Vossen 1952).
Correlations and screening of topological charges in gaussian random fields
For n = 2, it was found (Berry and Dennis 2000) that for certain choices of C, this integral may diverge.
Correlations and screening of topological charges in gaussian random fields
Berry (2002) for nodal points in the plane), and it is possible that there may be some further analogy with the physics of interfaces of Coulomb fluids.
Correlations and screening of topological charges in gaussian random fields
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