- any of a genus (Berberis) of spiny shrubs of the barberry family, with sour, red berries and yellow flowers: it is often used for hedges
- the berry
Origin of barberryMiddle English berberie (infl. by berie, berry) ; from Medieval Latin barberis ; from Arabic barb?r?s
designating a family (Berberidaceae) of mostly spiny dicotyledonous plants (order Ranunculales), including the May apple and mahonia
Any of various shrubs of the genus Berberis, having leaves that are often clustered, small yellow flowers, and red, orange, or blackish berries. They are grown as ornamentals or hedge plants.
Origin of barberryMiddle English berberie, alteration (influenced by berye, berry) of Medieval Latin berberis, from Arabic barbar&imacron;s, ambirbar&imacron;s, am&imacron;rbar&imacron;s, of unknown origin.
Middle English berberie, from Medieval Latin berberis, of unknown origin.