from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of the coffee-tree.
  • n. A Tasmanian name for a native plant, Coprosma hirtella, which is related to the true coffee-plant. Its fruits are sweet and edible, but are not agreeable.


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  • This was the allowance of solid food served out once a-day to each, from that time to the end; with the addition of a coffee-berry, or sometimes half a one, when the weather was very fair, for breakfast.

    The Wreck of the Golden Mary, by Charles Dickens

  • Cafta do not impair the health or impede the observance of religious duties, but only increase hilarity and good-humour, it was lawful to use them, as also the drink made from the boon or coffee-berry.

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • Dough geese with coffee-berry eyes; Drew hadn't thought of those for years and years.

    Ride Proud, Rebel!

  • Have the coffee-berry and beans, ground coffee, cups of coffee prepared as a drink, and pictures of the tree, fruit, and coffee plantations; also secure specimens of the fruit of the cacao tree, a cake of solid chocolate, chocolate candy, and a cake containing chocolate layers.

    Little Journey to Puerto Rico : for Intermediate and Upper Grades For Intermediate and Upper Grades

  • The captain was a thorough and hearty-looking sailor, brown as a coffee-berry from exposure to weather; with abundance of bushy beard and whiskers; broad-shouldered, tall, and upright.

    Frank Oldfield Lost and Found

  • The _Caracolillo_ coffee-berry contains only one seed, with a furrow in the direction of the long axis, which gives it the appearance of being a geminous seed with an inclination to open out on one side.

    The Philippine Islands

  • The fruit, when ripe, is of a dark scarlet colour, and the ordinary coffee-berry contains two semi-elliptic seeds of a horny or cartilaginous nature glued together and enveloped in a coriaceous membrane; when this is removed each seed is found covered with a silver-grey pellicle.

    The Philippine Islands

  • Standing by the writing-table was a tall thin man, his gaunt face brown as a coffee-berry and his steely grey eyes fixed upon me.

    The Devil Doctor

  • Standing by the writing-table was a tall, thin man, his gaunt face brown as a coffee-berry and his steely gray eyes fixed upon me.

    The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu

  • The coffee-berry beetle and its grub also live within the coffee berry.

    All About Coffee


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