American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various shrubby, usually prickly plants of the genus Rubus in the rose family, such as R. idaeus var. strigosus of eastern North America and R. idaeus of Europe, that bear edible fruit.
- n. The aggregate fruit of any of these plants, consisting of many small, fleshy, usually red drupelets.
- n. A moderate to dark or deep purplish red.
- n. Slang A derisive or contemptuous sound made by vibrating the extended tongue and the lips while exhaling.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fruit of several plants of the genus Rubus, consisting of many small juicy grains or drupes, which, unlike those of the blackberry, separate from the convex receptacle together when ripe, thus giving the fruit the shape of a thimble. Besides its extensive use us a dessert fruit, the raspberry is used for jellies and jam, and its juice for flavoring, for cooling drinks, and in wines and brandies.
- n. The plant that produces this berry. The common garden raspberry, the first of the name, is Rubus Idæus, a native of Europe and Asiatic Russia—a shrub with perennial creeping rootstock, nearly erect, prickly, biennial stems, and a red pleasant fruit. It was cultivated by the Ramans in the fourth century, and is the source of the best raspberries, affording many varieties, some of them yellow-fruited. The wild red raspberry, R. strigosus, of North America, is a very similar plant, but not quite so tall, the leaves being thinner, and the fruit not so firm, large, or well-flavored. It is common northward, especially on newly cleared grounds, and its fruit is much gathered; while under cultivation it has yielded several good varieties. The black raspberry, thimbleberry, or blackcap is the American R. occidentalis, a shrub with long recurved biennial stems, rooting at the tips, and a black fruit. It is very productive with little care, and affords good garden varieties.
- n. In Tasmania, a native species, Rubus Gunnianus, peculiar to the country.
- n. The plant Rubus idaeus.
- n. The juicy, dark red (when ripe) composite fruit of this plant.
- n. A dark pinkish red, the colour of a ripe raspberry.
- adj. Containing or having the flavor/flavour of raspberries.
- adj. Of a dark pinkish red.
- v. To gather or forage for raspberries.
- n. pejorative, colloquial A noise intended to imitate the passing of flatulence, made by blowing air out of the mouth while the tongue is protruding from and pressed against the lips, or by blowing air through the lips while they are pressed firmly together or against skin, used humorously or to express derision.
- v. colloquial To make the noise intended to imitate the passing of flatulence.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The thimble-shaped fruit of the Rubus Idæus and other similar brambles.
- n. The shrub bearing this fruit.
- n. red or black edible aggregate berries usually smaller than the related blackberries
- n. a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
- n. woody brambles bearing usually red but sometimes black or yellow fruits that separate from the receptacle when ripe and are rounder and smaller than blackberries
- Cockney rhyming slang raspberry tart, for fart. However raspberry is rarely used for a fart, merely a noise which imitates it. (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete raspis, raspberry + berry. Sense 4, possibly short for raspberry tart, rhyming slang for fart. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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