Definitions for hackberryˈhækˌbɛr i, -bə ri
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hack•ber•ryˈhækˌbɛr i, -bə ri(n.)(pl.)-ries.
any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Celtis, of the elm family, bearing cherrylike fruit.
the sometimes edible fruit of such a tree.
the wood of such a tree.
Category: Botany, Plants
Origin of hackberry:
1775–85, Amer.; var. of hagberry < Scand
hackberry, nettle tree(noun)
any of various trees of the genus Celtis having inconspicuous flowers and small berrylike fruits
small edible dark purple to black berry with large pits; southern United States
Any of several small shrubs or trees of the genus Celtis, having small fruit.
The purple-black fruit of such plants.
The soft wood of such plants.
a genus of trees (Celtis) related to the elm, but bearing drupes with scanty, but often edible, pulp. C. occidentalis is common in the Eastern United States
Celtis, commonly known as hackberries, is a genus of about 60-70 species of deciduous trees widespread in warm temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, in southern Europe, southern and eastern Asia, and southern and central North America, south to central Africa, and northern and central South America. The genus is present in the fossil record at least since the Miocene of Europe. Previously included either in the elm family or a separate family, Celtidaceae, the APG III system places Celtis in an expanded hemp family. The generic name originated in Latin and was applied by Pliny the Elder to the unrelated Ziziphus lotus.
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