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See also: BlackBerry
blackberry (plural blackberries)
- A fruit-bearing shrub of the species Rubus fruticosus and some hybrids.
- The soft fruit borne by this shrub, formed of a black (when ripe) cluster of drupelets.
- (Britain, dialectal) The blackcurrant.
blackcurrant — see blackcurrant
- To gather or forage for blackberries.
- 1977, Howard Frank Mosher, Disappearances, Mariner Books (2006), →ISBN, page 111:
- My mother and Cordelia were blackberrying along the woods edge of a nearby meadow.
- 1988, Arthur Bryson Gerrard, Butterflies & coalsmoke, page 62:
- Thereafter we blackberried unceasingly and returned with a large basketful, together with some maggoty windfall apples found neglected in the wet grass on the edge of an orchard and Mrs Clare duly stewed these for us.
- 2001, Thomas Keneally, Victim of the Aurora, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2001), →ISBN, page 72:
- My wife and children were blackberrying at the end of the garden and I was simply reading.
- 2004, Janet Bord, The Traveller's Guide to Fairy Sites: The Landscape and Folklore of Fairyland In England, Wales And Scotland, Gothic Image (2004), →ISBN, page 48:
- Another instance of someone who is blackberrying and sees fairies can be found at Kingheriot Farm (South-West Wales: Pembrokeshire): maybe gathering berries puts the percipient into a relaxed or dissociated frame of mind, more conducive to being able to see things that one would perhaps not normally be able to see.