Definitions for hackberryˈhækˌbɛr i, -bə ri
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