Definition of hackberry in English:

hackberry

noun

  • 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. 1.1 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.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: variant of northern English dialect hagberry, of Scandinavian origin.

Pronunciation

hackberry

/ˈhakb(ə)ri/