hackberry definition by Webster's New World
- ☆ any of a genus (Celtis) of American trees of the elm family, with a small fruit resembling a cherry
- ☆ its fruit or its wood
Origin: ; from Scandinavian as in Danish hæggebær, Norwegian haggebär, Old Norse heggr: for Indo-European base see hedge
hackberry definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun In all senses also called sugarberry.
- Any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Celtis, having inconspicuous flowers and small, usually ovoid drupes.
- The fruit of such a plant.
- The soft yellowish wood of these trees or shrubs.
Origin: Alteration of obsolete hagberry, hegberry : hag-, heg-, hackberry (from Old Norse heggr) + berry.