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English

Baskets of various berries.

Etymology

Old English beriġe, from Germanic *basjon (apparently ‘grape’), of unknown ultimate origin. Cognate with Dutch bes, German Beere.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
berry

Plural
berr

berry (berr)
  1. A small fruit, of any one of many varieties.
  2. A soft fruit which develops from a superior ovary and contains seeds not encased in pits.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to berry

Third person singular
berries

Simple past
berried

Past participle
berried

Present participle
berrying

to berry (third-person singular simple present berries, present participle berrying, simple past and past participle berried)
  1. To pick berries.
    On summer days Grandma used to take us berrying, whether we wanted to or not.

Usage notes

  • Unlikely to be used to refer to commercial harvest of berries.

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