mulberry

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English[edit]

Mulberries on a tree.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English Mulbery, molberye, murberie, partly from Old English mōrberiġe (mulberry) and partly from Middle Low German mulbere (mulberry). Compare Dutch moerbezie, moerbei (mulberry), German Maulbeere (mulberry).

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mulberry (plural mulberries)

  1. (botany) Any of several trees, of the genus Morus, having edible fruits.
    • 1837, Luigi Tinelli, Hints on the Cultivation of the Mulberry, with Some General Observations on the Production of Silk, page 39:
      Different qualities of the Mulberry. Among the different species of the Mulberry, it is ascei'tained that the Italian, (Morus italica) is eaten by the silk worm, with eager appetite. It's fruit is very small, and of a pale rose colour.
  2. The fruit of this tree.
    • 2010, Geoff Stebbings, Growing Your Own Fruit and Veg For Dummies, John Wiley & Sons (→ISBN)
      You can also make good jam with mulberries, and they taste great cooked or mixed together with other fruits. Mulberries are rich in sugar with moderate amounts of vitamin C. Their rich colours are a sign that they contain high levels of []
  3. A dark purple colour tinted with red.
    mulberry colour:  

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mulberry (comparative more mulberry, superlative most mulberry)

  1. Of a dark purple colour tinted with red.

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