Definition of boysenberry in English:



  • 1A large red edible fruit resembling a blackberry.

    • ‘Garner also enjoys midmorning and mid-afternoon snacks, which can be yogurt with boysenberries, string cheese and an apple, or celery with almond butter.’
    • ‘Blackberries and boysenberries (a blackberry-raspberry hybrid) will be appearing soon in local and farmers markets.’
    • ‘Instead they had this strawberry/raspberry / boysenberry flavour… and it was just as good!’
    • ‘After harvesting June-bearing blackberries, boysenberries, and raspberries, cut spent canes back to the ground and tie up new ones as they develop.’
    • ‘Blueberries, blackberries and boysenberries, for example, are at the top of the list, according to researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.’
    • ‘It is a brilliant dark ruby wine filled with the aromas of spices and dark ripe fruits like boysenberries and plums.’
    • ‘It has more corn syrup and sugar than boysenberries.’
    • ‘Several farms around Watsonville, about 10 miles south of Santa Cruz, open up their fields of boysenberries, blackberries, olallieberries, raspberries, and strawberries to visitors wanting to work a little for dessert.’
    • ‘There's boysenberry ice-cream in the freezer.’
    • ‘For example, many of the ciders we've sampled have a waft of boysenberry and the distinct spicy aroma of cumin.’
    • ‘A Cabernet like this - full of simple but delicious boysenberry and cassis flavors - makes a Sunday night roast memorable.’
    • ‘My favorite Red Car wine so far, though, is ‘The Stranger,’ which reminded me of a pudding made with ripe blackberries, boysenberries and a hint of blueberry.’
    • ‘Apricots, blackberries, boysenberries and raspberries are all at their peak in parts of the country in June, while cherries, watermelon, nectarines, peaches, green beans, corn and tomatoes are coming into season.’
    • ‘The ‘pie-eyed’ order slices of rhubarb, strawberry, peach, apple, banana cream, fresh nectarine, Cheddar pear or boysenberry in summer; cranberry walnut, maple pecan and pumpkin are fall favorites.’
    • ‘Foods high in ellagic acid include caneberries (black raspberries, red raspberries, boysenberries and Marionberries), strawberries, blueberries and cranberries.’
    • ‘One cup of blackberries or boysenberries contains just 75 calories but about one-third of the RDA for vitamin C, some folate and iron, and more than 7 grams of fiber.’
    • ‘He stalked back to the lakeside to pick boysenberries.’
    • ‘Products like buttercup squash, table grapes, chestnuts, persimmons, avocados, tamarillos, boysenberries, and Nashi Asian pears, just demonstrate the wide diversity of horticultural exports from New Zealand to overseas markets.’
    • ‘The farm has U-pick boysenberries, olallieberries, raspberries, and strawberries, and a gift shop, pie stand, and deli.’
    • ‘In the 1920s, Walter Knott and his wife, Cordelia, began selling chicken dinners and delicious pies made from a new variety of fruit that Knott helped popularize: the boysenberry.’
  • 2The shrubby plant that bears the boysenberry, which is a hybrid of several kinds of bramble.

    • ‘‘The Berry Garden,’ in another area, contains raspberries, boysenberries, huckleberries and gooseberries.’
    • ‘The boysenberry canes are bursting with bright green leaves and overflowing the square of low trellises behind the old flagstone barbecue.’
    • ‘Making a large plant, the boysenberry is hardy and extremely resistant to drought.’


1930s: named after Robert Boysen (died 1950), the American horticulturalist who developed it.