Definition of mulberry in English:



  • 1A small deciduous tree with broad leaves, native to East Asia and long cultivated elsewhere.

    Genus "Morus", family "Moraceae", in particular the white mulberry ("M. alba"), originally grown for feeding silkworms, and the black (or common) mulberry ("M. nigra"), grown for its fruit. See also paper mulberry

    • ‘Pyramus and Thisbe planned to meet under the mulberry tree, and that is where they died.’
    • ‘Put him in a house, and he'll chop down the biggest and oldest mulberry tree around.’
    • ‘A year before he demolished Shakespeare's former Stratford home New Place in 1759, the Revd Francis Gastrell cut down a mulberry tree which had grown in its garden.’
    • ‘And I have checked what must be a mulberry tree, there, across the road, and there are plenty of small sprigs on its branches - a sign that another freeze will not come.’
    • ‘There's still a tree there, but is it a mulberry tree?’
    • ‘A magnificent mulberry tree planted 30 years ago by a previous owner - Angus McBean, the renowned theatre photographer - sits squarely in the middle of the long path leading from the house.’
    • ‘As we follow the level foot-trails that weave through the hamlets of the valley, Asghar Khan points out a 200-year old mulberry tree and, near another ancient fort, a gnarled, 500-year old walnut tree.’
    • ‘Next to the clinic two Rufous Bush-robins scampered around in a mulberry bush.’
    • ‘It was made from wood of the mulberry tree and it glowed a silver, pearly hue.’
    • ‘Through the branches, and you reached an overgrown stone path that led to an ancient mulberry tree, falling in the shape of a weeping willow.’
    • ‘Abba Joseph had commanded the brother to eat some of the fruit of a nearby mulberry tree.’
    • ‘Beyond the vegetable beds, visitors entered an enchanted forest where volunteers had cleared a path with machetes only weeks earlier, to reveal a surviving mulberry tree.’
    • ‘Krishna Pandit did the same and was extremely happy when the snake guided him through the swampy and marshy land, until he reached the hollow trunk of a mulberry tree.’
    • ‘The mulberry tree is of medium size and attractively untidy in appearance.’
    • ‘Yes, there is a mulberry tree not far from here growing up on that bank just over a ways.’
    • ‘‘Then it is settled,’ Taren proclaimed, ‘Tomorrow we meet by the mulberry bush!’’
    • ‘It was Papu who found me unconscious after I fell from a mulberry tree and broke my pelvic bone.’
    • ‘In summertime the Ferris hills were a-thrive with greenery; even now, when the sky was bleak, the vivid colours of the maple leaves and the mulberry bush seemed to radiate light.’
    • ‘They left the city to meet each other near a mulberry tree.’
    • ‘In the year a.d.105, Cai Lun devised a way to make the bark of the mulberry tree into paper.’
    1. 1.1 The dark red or white loganberry-like fruit of the mulberry.
      • ‘The soft, mulberry fruits in Vina Morande give way to layers of fresh green peppercorns and vanilla spice.’
      • ‘We then all sat down on a big red carpet under a shade tree, and the farmers passed around refreshments - a tray of white mulberries, and six glasses of shorombe, ‘the Afghan beer,’ as Mohibi called it.’
      • ‘Morus nigra and M. alba, the black and white mulberries respectively, are fruits of Asian origin.’
      • ‘Ripe mulberry fruits, chocolate and a twist of spicy liquorice make this a satisfying wine.’
      • ‘Joy and love are intertwined, sweet as fresh mulberry wine.’
      • ‘The deep red fruit of the mulberry is the everlasting memorial of these true lovers.’
      • ‘I set off for the day with a picnic of dried apricots, mulberries and nan bread.’
      • ‘Dessert was Suncrest peach galette with mulberry ice cream.’
      • ‘The fruit/berry seed category includes red mulberry, elderberry, and the large pit of an unidentified fruit.’
      • ‘Earthy, spicy notes give way to a crunchy palate of light berry fruit with a final rustic finish of mulberry jam.’
      • ‘In deepest seashells that she had gathered was there to be had of all delights, mulberries, the freshest of fruit like sweet wine from the vine.’
      • ‘Be prepared for a blast of mixed spice and mulberry fruit that pushes the fine tannins and ripe acidity firmly back to the swallow.’
  • 2mass noun A dark red or purple colour.

    as modifier ‘a mulberry carpet’
    • ‘The figures are painted in a mulberry red, sometimes with yellow or white highlights, and they're so intricately painted, a fine brush and a steady hand must have been a necessity.’
    • ‘The kitchen has mulberry painted walls and a fully fitted oak kitchen and beamed ceiling.’
    • ‘Her mid-length brown hair was decorated with tiny braids and thick mulberry streaks, pinned back in a high ponytail.’
    • ‘From autumn through winter berries are produced in a wide range of colours - purple, rose, mulberry, white - depending on the variety.’
    • ‘Our teeth shall be stained mulberry.’
    • ‘Later technology allowed for ink shades of red, green, sepia, black, and mulberry.’


Old English mōrberie, from Latin morum + berry; related to Dutch moerbezie and German Maulbeere.