One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The typical variety of cultivated raspberry, Rubus idaeus, bearing red fruit (as contrasted with varieties bearing fruit of other colours).
2North American the native North American raspberry, Rubus idaeus subsp. strigosus (also cultivated), bearing red fruit, as contrasted, e.g., with the allied North American R. occidentalis, which bears purplish-black fruit.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Robert Furber (c1674–1756), nurseryman.
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