noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English strēawberige, from strēaw straw + berige berry; perhaps from the appearance of the achenes on the surface Date: before 12th century 1. the juicy edible usually red fruit of any of several low-growing temperate herbs (genus Fragaria) of the rose family that is technically an enlarged pulpy receptacle bearing numerous achenes on its surface 2. a plant whose fruits are strawberries; especially a hybrid (Fragaria ananassa) that is the source of most cultivated strawberries

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  • Strawberry — Straw ber*ry, n. [AS. stre[ a]wberige; stre[ a]w straw + berie berry; perhaps from the resemblance of the runners of the plant to straws.] (Bot.) A fragrant edible berry, of a delicious taste and commonly of a red color, the fruit of a plant of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Strawberry — (englisch: Erdbeere ) heißen die Orte und Flüsse Strawberry (Arkansas), Stadt in Lawrence County (Arkansas) Strawberry (Arizona), Stadt im Gila County, Arizona Strawberry (Nevada), statd im White Pine County, Nevada Strawberry River (Arkansas),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Strawberry — Strawberry, AZ U.S. Census Designated Place in Arizona Population (2000): 1028 Housing Units (2000): 1165 Land area (2000): 10.177473 sq. miles (26.359534 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000):… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • strawberry — (n.) O.E. streawberige, from streaw straw (see STRAW (Cf. straw)) + berige berry (see BERRY (Cf. berry)). There is no corresponding compound in any other Germanic language; the reason for the name is uncertain, but perhaps it is in reference to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • strawberry — ► NOUN 1) a sweet soft red fruit with a seed studded surface. 2) a deep pinkish red colour …   English terms dictionary

  • strawberry — [strô′ber΄ē, strô′bər ē] n. pl. strawberries [ME strawberi < OE streawberie < streaw, straw + berige, berry: prob. from the small achenes] 1. the small, red, fleshy accessory fruit of a stolon bearing plant (genus Fragaria) of the rose… …   English World dictionary

  • strawberry — /straw ber ee, beuh ree/, n., pl. strawberries. 1. the fruit of any stemless plant belonging to the genus Fragaria, of the rose family, consisting of an enlarged fleshy receptacle bearing achenes on its exterior. See illus. under achene. 2. the… …   Universalium

  • strawberry — n. (pl. ies) 1 a any plant of the genus Fragaria, esp. any of various cultivated varieties, with white flowers, trifoliate leaves, and runners. b the pulpy red edible fruit of this, having a seed studded surface. 2 a deep pinkish red colour.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • strawberry — 1. noun /ˈstɹɔːb(ə)ɹi,ˈstɹɔˌbɛɹi,ˈstɹɑˌbɛɹi/ a) The juicy, usually red, edible fruit of certain plants of the genus Fragaria. They went to pick strawberries today. b) Any plant of the genus Fragaria (that bears such fruit). She has the best… …   Wiktionary

  • strawberry */ — UK [ˈstrɔːb(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈstrɔˌberɪ] noun [countable] Word forms strawberry : singular strawberry plural strawberries a small soft red fruit with a lot of very small seeds on its skin a bowl of strawberries and cream strawberry jam …   English dictionary

  • strawberry — [OE] The origins of strawberry have long puzzled etymologists. The two most plausible suggestions put forward are that the runners put out by strawberry plants, long trailing shoots that spread across the ground, reminded people of straws laid on …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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