Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. 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. To make the noise intended to imitate the passing of flatulence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The thimble-shaped fruit of the Rubus Idæus and other similar brambles.
  • n. The shrub bearing this fruit.

from The 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.
  • n. The plant that produces this berry.
  • n. In Tasmania, a native species, Rubus Gunnianus, peculiar to the country.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

Obsolete raspis, raspberry + berry. Sense 4, possibly short for raspberry tart, rhyming slang for fart.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From earlier raspis berry, possibly from raspise (a sweet rose-colored wine), from Anglo-Latin vinum raspeys, of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)
Cockney rhyming slang raspberry tart, for fart. However raspberry is rarely used for a fart, merely a noise which imitates it. (Wiktionary)

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