American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several deciduous trees of the genus Morus, having unisexual flowers in drooping catkins and edible multiple fruit.
- n. The sweet fruit of any of these trees.
- n. Any of several similar or related trees.
- n. A grayish to dark purple. Also called murrey.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The berrylike collective fruit of the mulberry-tree.
- n. Any tree of the genus Mortis. The black mulberry, M. nigra, native somewhere in western Asia, has been known in Europe from antiquity. It yields a pleasant dark-colored fruit, and its leaves were formerly in extensive use for feeding silkworms. The white mulberry, M. alba, introduced from China much later, has almost superseded the black in silkworm-culture. It has been to some extent introduced into the United States. The red mulberry, M. rubra, a native of the United States, is the largest species of the genus. Its wood, which is very durable in contact with the soil, is used for posts, and for cooperage, ship- and boat-building, etc. Its leaves are less valued for silk-production than those of the other species, but its fruit is excellent. The Mexican mulberry, extending into Texas, etc., is M. microphylla.
- n. One of several plants of other genera.
- n. In embryology, a mulberry-mass or mulberry-germ; a morula. See cut under gastrulation.
- Relating to the mulberry (the tree or its fruit); having the shape or color of a mulberry (fruit).
- n. Any of several trees, of the genus Morus, having edible fruit
- n. the fruit of this tree
- n. a dark purple colour tinted with red.
- adj. Of a dark purple colour tinted with red.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The berry or fruit of any tree of the genus Morus; also, the tree itself. See morus.
- n. A dark pure color, like the hue of a black mulberry.
- n. sweet usually dark purple blackberry-like fruit of any of several mulberry trees of the genus Morus
- n. any of several trees of the genus Morus having edible fruit that resembles the blackberry
- From Old English mōrberige (Wiktionary)
- Middle English mulberrie, from Old English mōrberie and Middle Low German mūlberi, mūrberi : both from Latin mōrum + Old English berie, berry or Old High German beri, berry; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The name mulberry is used for Moms alba L. an exotic plant in the same family introduced from Asia and now widely planted in homesteads and in cropland”
“The cultivation of the mulberry is becoming more extended, and encroachment is annually made on the thick forest for the purpose of planting that tree.”
“Where the mulberry is grown purposely for silk-worms, the trees are cut down to the ground every year to make them send up strong vigorous shoots.”
“a globular cluster of similar segmentation-cells, which we call the mulberry-formation or morula.”
“The olive branch is associated with peace, the mustard plant with humility and faithfulness, while the mulberry is an attribute of Minerva, goddess of practical wisdom and war.”
“Each of these in turn divides, giving four, and by repeated divisions of this kind there arises a solid mass of smaller cells (Fig. 8, _b_ to _f_,) called the mulberry stage, from its resemblance to a berry.”
“The inner bark of the mulberry was a favorite material, but other fibrous barks were utilized.”
Prehistoric Textile Art of Eastern United States Thirteenth Annual Report of the Beaurau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1891-1892, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1896 pages 3-46
“Stuffed to the edges with dozens of symbolic and didactic creatures and props, the blanket sized, totemic kaleidoscopes - each rendered in firmly cut but onion-skin-thin Japanese mulberry paper - teem with febrile life.”
“The mulberry is a large, deciduous tree, that can have black, red, or white edible berries, or it can be fruitless.”
“Farmers have also been encouraged to diversify into growing mulberry, which is grown mainly to rear silk worms and does well in drought conditions.”
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