blackberrying

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See also: BlackBerrying

English[edit]

Illustration of blackberrying by Myles Birket Foster.

Etymology[edit]

blackberry +‎ -ing

Noun[edit]

blackberrying (uncountable)

  1. The act of gathering blackberries.
    • 1859, Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, Hurst and Blackett (1859), page 212:
      And the thought of that old time came upon me like a flood — the winter games at the Cedars — the blackberrying and bilberrying upon the sunshiny summer moors []
    • 1884, Hesba Stretton, Carola, The Religious Tract Society (1884), page 104:
      When the harvest was over, the nutting and the blackberrying began; []
    • 1948, Brian Lunn, Switchback: An Autobiography, Eyre & Spottiswoode (1948), page 20:
      At that time there were no built-up areas round Harrow, and during one autumn we gathered enough blackberries for twenty-eight pounds of jam. I enjoyed the blackberrying, but I did not enjoy the walks, which averaged about five miles a day and might be over seven.
    • 1993, Michael Ignatieff, Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (1995), ISBN 9780374524487, page 230:
      In the days of Queen Anne, Dick explains, dissenting sects like the Presbyterians were under a ban and had to educate their children in the fields, behind the blackberry hedges, so in the blackberrying season, the children's lips and cheeks were stained black with the fruit.

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blackberrying

  1. Present participle of blackberry.