black mulberry


noun

  1. See under mulberry(def 2).

noun, plural mul·ber·ries.

  1. the edible, berrylike collective fruit of any tree of the genus Morus.
  2. a tree of this genus, as M. rubra (red mulberry or American mulberry) bearing dark-purple fruit, M. nigra (black mulberry) bearing dark-colored fruit, or M. alba (white mulberry) bearing nearly white fruit and having leaves used as food for silkworms.

noun plural -ries

  1. any moraceous tree of the temperate genus Morus, having edible blackberry-like fruit, such as M. alba (white mulberry), the leaves of which are used to feed silkworms
  2. the fruit of any of these trees
  3. any of several similar or related trees, such as the paper mulberry and Indian mulberry
    1. a dark purple colour
    2. (as adjective)a mulberry dress
n.

late 14c., developed from 13c. morberie, or cognate Middle High German mul-beri (alteration by dissimilation of Old High German mur-beri, Modern German Maulbeere); both from Latin morum “mulberry, blackberry,” + Old English berie, Old High German beri “berry.” The Latin word probably is from Greek moron “mulberry,” from PIE *moro- “blackberry, mulberry” (cf. Armenian mor “blackberry,” Middle Irish merenn, Welsh merwydden “mulberry”). Children’s singing game with a chorus beginning “Here we go round the mulberry bush” is attested from 1820s, first in Scotland.

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