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Strawberries in a bowl


From Middle English strawbery, strauberi, from Old English strēawberġe, corresponding to straw +‎ berry. The word for straw was derived from a verbal participle and thus meant "(that which is) strewn", hence the applicability to berries growing as if they have been “strewn” about the ground.



strawberry (countable and uncountable, plural strawberries)

  1. The sweet, usually red, edible fruit of certain plants of the genus Fragaria.
    They went to pick strawberries today.
  2. Any plant of the genus Fragaria (that bears such fruit).
    She has the best strawberry patch I've ever seen.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 170:
      He told his father, and said it would be just suitable work for him to run about fields and woods amongst the strawberry hills after a flock of hares, and now and then lie down and take a nap on some sunny hill.
  3. A dark pinkish red colour, like that of the fruit; strawberry red.
  4. (rare) Something resembling a strawberry, especially a reddish bruise, birthmark, or infantile hemangioma (naevus).
  5. (US, slang) A prostitute who exchanges sexual services for crack cocaine.
    • 1992, Kathleen Boyle, Homeless crack cocaine abusers (page 40)
      [] infamous in Los Angeles through media reports: the crack houses and "strawberries" (women who exchange sex for crack) []
    • 1997, Peter Collier, ‎David Horowitz, The Race Card (page 91)
      The desperate addiction associated with the drug has made "strawberries" — prostitutes who work for crack — fixtures of the []




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strawberry (not comparable)

  1. Containing or having the flavor of strawberries.
    I'd like a large strawberry shake.
  2. Flavored with ethyl methylphenylglycidate, an artificial compound which is said to resemble the taste of strawberries.
  3. Of a color similar to ripened strawberries.
    The strawberry lipstick makes her look younger.



strawberry (third-person singular simple present strawberries, present participle strawberrying, simple past and past participle strawberried)

  1. (intransitive) To gather strawberries.
    • 1994, New England Review (volume 16, page 35)
      We strawberried in Michigan woods with our fat nanny, and in spring we gathered sand dollars on Daytona, passed smiling into Kodachrome.
  2. (intransitive) To turn a dark pinkish-red.
    • 1986, Les Whitten, Sometimes a Hero (page 352)
      My hips and elbows were strawberrying painfully.

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