One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural blackberries, Plural BlackBerries
1An edible soft fruit consisting of a cluster of soft purple-black drupelets.
- ‘A certain amount of blackberries were kept for jam making but some people mixed apples with the blackberries and ruined the true flavour of the jam.’
- ‘Sweet muscadine grapes, blackberries, apples, jujubes and a host of other fruits will be available at these upcoming sales.’
- ‘I was going to wax lyrical about my weekend, walking round the estate picking blackberries, apples and Damsons.’
- ‘In a large mixing bowl, combine cherries, blackberries, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, and corn starch.’
- ‘Cantaloupe is a perfect mix with other melons and fruit - kiwi, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, grapes and raspberries, to name a few.’
2The prickly climbing shrub of the rose family that bears blackberries.
Rubus fruticosus, family Rosaceae (sometimes treated as an aggregate of many species)Also called bramble
- ‘They attack the stems of roses, blackberries, raspberries, and dewberries growing in damp, shady places.’
- ‘Pruning raspberries and blackberries can be a snap if you follow a few simple steps.’
- ‘Also look for complex hybrids of black raspberries and various species of other raspberries and blackberries, including some that are tropical and Asiatic.’
- ‘This is a large genus of usually thorny shrubs, including raspberries and blackberries.’
- ‘The brambles - raspberries and blackberries - are perennial plants with a biennial growth and fruiting habit.’
verbBlackBerries, blackberries, blackberrying, BlackBerrying, BlackBerried, blackberried[no object]usually go blackberrying
Gather blackberries in the wild.‘she asked me to go blackberrying with her’
- ‘Or rather the cyclists round the next bend wouldn't be safe, the herd of cows, the family blackberrying, the children walking, they wouldn't be safe.’
- ‘Today we listened to music in bed with the papers, had a cooked breakfast in bed, played with our new cat friend and went blackberrying in the village.’
- ‘The one I'll be making this weekend will contain redcurrants, blackcurrants, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries (I'm going blackberrying when I've finished this!) and peaches.’
- ‘Like him, I too used to go blackberrying in my youth, so that my mother could make vast quantities of jam and pies in those pre-freezer days.’
nounPlural blackberries, Plural BlackBerriestrademark
A handheld mobile device that provides Internet access and email, telephone, and text-messaging facilities.
- ‘Against the advice of his lawyers, he appears poised to keep his beloved BlackBerry, a link to the outside world.’
- ‘She snapped pictures of the girl on her BlackBerry.’
- ‘Despite security concerns, he says they'll have to pry his BlackBerry out of his hands.’
- ‘The big improvement in my life recently has been my BlackBerry, which allows me to check my e-mails throughout the day.’
- ‘Friends kept him apprised of developments by sending e-mail messages to his BlackBerry.’
verbBlackBerries, blackberries, blackberrying, BlackBerrying, BlackBerried, blackberried[with object]
Communicate with (someone) using a BlackBerry device.‘I was BlackBerrying them while the speech was going on’no object ‘they blogged, BlackBerried, and texted—sometimes contacting someone only a few feet away’
- ‘As much as he loved being CEO, as much as he loved being responsible and making decisions and BlackBerrying furiously from bed or beach, it had been a terribly stressful time.’
- ‘They BlackBerried each other deep into the night.’
- ‘"You'll have half the participants BlackBerrying each other at a submeeting, with a running commentary on the primary meeting," Mr. Reines said.’
- ‘Anyway, BlackBerried in sick this morning, crawled back into bed and went back to sleep.’
- ‘Sometimes we're in a meeting talking to each other and BlackBerrying each other at the same time.’
- ‘And thanks again for BlackBerrying me the Rick Warren questions while I was in the so-called cone of silence.’
- ‘Clearly, they're able to take BlackBerrying to a whole new level.’
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