One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tree of the elm family which has leaves that resemble those of nettles, found in both tropical and temperate regions.See also nettle tree
- ‘He promotes the planting of trees indigenous to southern Ontario that provide large canopies such as the sugar maple, red oak, hackberry and black walnut.’
- ‘In addition to the oaks, the city lost wax myrtles, hackberries, weeping willows and magnolias.’
- ‘Also fairly common are bluejack oak, netleaf hackberry, honey mesquite, and prickly ash.’
- ‘Walnut trees can also grow in small groups or as scattered specimens mixed with American elm, hackberry, boxelder, sugar maple, green and white ash, basswood, red oak, and hickory.’
- ‘Some of the primary plants for butterfly larvae include: aspen, alfalfa, clover, nettle, pearly everlasting, milkweed, grasses, hackberry, parsley, vetch, and willow.’
- 1.1 The berry of the hackberry tree.
- ‘While the inhabitants of the cave probably consumed hackberries and grapes as fruits, the remaining seed present are likely incidental.’
- ‘Wild fruits such as hackberries and grapes supplemented the diet.’
- ‘The earliest inhabitants of the cave utilized the entrance chamber from autumn to winter, as evidenced by a reliance on the fall nut mast, such as hickory and walnut, and wild fruits such as hackberry.’
- ‘In spring they also eat hackberries here, but this year the supply had been exhausted in early winter.’
- ‘So when you eat the hackberries, wash them first.’
Mid 18th century: variant of northern English dialect hagberry, of Scandinavian origin.
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