Other Word Forms of Raspberry
Origin of Raspberry
Obsolete raspis raspberries (perhaps from Middle English raspise, rospeys a kind of rose-colored wine) (akin to Old French (vin) raspé wine made by fermenting marc and grape stalks mixed with water) (from raspe grape stalks) (from rasper to grate rasp) berry Sense 4, possibly short for raspberry tart rhyming slang for fart
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From earlier raspis berry, possibly from raspise (a sweet rose-colored wine), from Anglo-Latin vinum raspeys, of uncertain origin.
Cockney rhyming slang raspberry tart, for fart. However raspberry is rarely used for a fart, merely a noise which imitates it.
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