Definitions

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

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.

    Kansas City infoZine Headlines

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

    Kings of Colorado

  • 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?

    Archive 2009-07-01

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

    Crap Piles and Wabi-Sabi

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

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • I've seen box blinds in Texas painted blue, guess it better than a plywood box sticking above the mesquite and hackberry.

    is mossy oak tree stand really work beacus it looks blueish

  • With the rotors no longer supplying any, the XV-15 lost a couple of feet of altitude, putting the lower arc of the rotors on a collision course with a barbed-wire fence and some hackberry trees at the end of the field.

    The Dream Machine

  • But I was struck most by the riparian resilience of the land, the sawgrass that extended as far as the eye could see, the hummocks of gum and persimmon and hackberry and oak trees, the seagulls and brown pelicans that sailed over the mouth of a freshwater river flowing into the Gulf.

    The Glass Rainbow

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