from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Celtis, having inconspicuous flowers and small, usually ovoid drupes.
- n. The fruit of such a plant.
- n. The soft yellowish wood of these trees or shrubs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several small shrubs or trees of the genus Celtis, having small fruit.
- n. The purple-black fruit of such plants.
- n. The soft wood of such plants.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of trees (Celtis) related to the elm, but bearing drupes with scanty, but often edible, pulp. Celtis occidentalis is common in the Eastern United States.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as hagberry. Also called bird-cherry.
- n. An American tree, Celtis occidentalis, natural order Urticaceæ, allied to the elm. It ranges from Canada to Florida and west to Texas, but is most typical and abundant in the Mississippi valley.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various trees of the genus Celtis having inconspicuous flowers and small berrylike fruits
- n. small edible dark purple to black berry with large pits; southern United States
Alteration of obsolete hagberry, hegberry : hag-, heg-, hackberry (from Old Norse heggr) + berry.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
hack + berry (Wiktionary)