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Due to the collapse of the case system between Old and Middle English, many placenames retain a fossilized dative form, as places would most commonly have been invoked in the dative (after a preposition in, at, to etc.).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /-bɹi/, /-bəɹi/, /-bɹɪ/, /-bəɹɪ/
- (General New Zealand) IPA(key): /-bɹi/, /-bɘɹi/
- A placename suffix indicating a fortified place.