One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A trailing European bramble with soft prickles and edible fruit resembling the blackberry, which have a dewy white bloom on the skin.
Rubus caesius, family Rosaceae
- ‘Common hosts are raspberries, blackberries, and dewberries.’
- ‘One of the most common and widespread diseases of brambles in the United States, anthracnose can infect both red and black raspberries, blackberries, dewberries, and loganberries.’
- ‘Included in the brambles are raspberries, blackberries, dewberries, loganberries, bayberries, and the wineberry.’
- ‘The genus also includes the blackberry, cloudberry, dewberry, and salmonberry, and is part of the rose family.’
- ‘Cane blight occasionally occurs on blackberries and dewberries.’
- ‘In this latter type, hairy goldenrod, early goldenrod, dewberry, alder buckthorn, blackberry, Canada mayflower, and poison ivy accounted for 60% of the herb stratum importance.’
- 1.1North American Any of a number of trailing brambles.
- 1.2 The blue-black fruit of the dewberry.
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