Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Celtis, having inconspicuous flowers and small, usually ovoid drupes.
  • noun The fruit of such a plant.
  • noun The soft yellowish wood of any of these trees or shrubs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as hagberry. Also called bird-cherry.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several small shrubs or trees of the genus Celtis, having small fruit.
  • noun The purple-black fruit of such plants.
  • noun uncountable The soft wood of such plants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various trees of the genus Celtis having inconspicuous flowers and small berrylike fruits
  • noun small edible dark purple to black berry with large pits; southern United States

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of obsolete hagberry, hegberry : hag-, heg-, hackberry (from Old Norse heggr) + berry.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

hack +‎ berry

Examples

  • Small, brightly-colored fruits such as hackberry and boxthorn are offered as food for birds that swallow them whole.

    Seed dispersal of desert plants

  • Deep-rooted plants, such as hackberry, elm and green ash trees, may tap into groundwater and release more moisture into the air than is replaced by precipitation.

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  • Those gazillions of hackberry trees shaded my property somewhat fierce.

    Crap Piles and Wabi-Sabi

  • That was when I saw Benny Fritch, running behind a copse of barren hackberry trees.

    Kings of Colorado

  • The paths themselves are being made from the mulch of the hackberry trees that we cut down.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • The paths themselves are being made from the mulch of the hackberry trees that we cut down.

    Crap Piles and Wabi-Sabi

  • I looked and the trail marched off before me to the horizon, tunneled between thick stands of alder, hackberry and ash; I looked again and the trail was swallowed in a blackness so deep it chilled the soul.

    Shadow Walker

  • Could we digress and talk about hackberry trees for a minute?

    Crap Piles and Wabi-Sabi

  • That was when I saw Benny Fritch, running behind a copse of barren hackberry trees.

    Kings of Colorado

  • Could we digress and talk about hackberry trees for a minute?

    Archive 2009-07-01

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