One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of numerous ornamental shrubs of the genus Callicarpa (family Lamiaceae (Labiatae), formerly Verbenaceae), which comprises the beautyberries; such shrubs collectively. Also (in form Callicarpa): the genus itself.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in John Hill (bap. 1714, d. 1775), physician and actor. From scientific Latin Callicarpa, genus name (Linnaeus Species Plantarum I. 111) from ancient Greek καλλίκαρπος bearing fine fruit + scientific Latin -a.
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