Definition of mulberry in English:



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

    • ‘There's still a tree there, but is it a mulberry tree?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mulberry tree is of medium size and attractively untidy in appearance.’
    • ‘They left the city to meet each other near a mulberry tree.’
    • ‘It was Papu who found me unconscious after I fell from a mulberry tree and broke my pelvic bone.’
    • ‘Pyramus and Thisbe planned to meet under the mulberry tree, and that is where they died.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yes, there is a mulberry tree not far from here growing up on that bank just over a ways.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Next to the clinic two Rufous Bush-robins scampered around in a mulberry bush.’
    • ‘In the year a.d.105, Cai Lun devised a way to make the bark of the mulberry tree into paper.’
    • ‘Put him in a house, and he'll chop down the biggest and oldest mulberry tree around.’
    • ‘Abba Joseph had commanded the brother to eat some of the fruit of a nearby mulberry tree.’
    • ‘It was made from wood of the mulberry tree and it glowed a silver, pearly hue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Then it is settled,’ Taren proclaimed, ‘Tomorrow we meet by the mulberry bush!’’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The dark red or white loganberrylike fruit of the mulberry tree.
      • ‘Morus nigra and M. alba, the black and white mulberries respectively, are fruits of Asian origin.’
      • ‘The deep red fruit of the mulberry is the everlasting memorial of these true lovers.’
      • ‘Dessert was Suncrest peach galette with mulberry ice cream.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I set off for the day with a picnic of dried apricots, mulberries and nan bread.’
      • ‘Ripe mulberry fruits, chocolate and a twist of spicy liquorice make this a satisfying wine.’
      • ‘Be prepared for a blast of mixed spice and mulberry fruit that pushes the fine tannins and ripe acidity firmly back to the swallow.’
      • ‘Joy and love are intertwined, sweet as fresh mulberry wine.’
      • ‘The fruit/berry seed category includes red mulberry, elderberry, and the large pit of an unidentified fruit.’
      • ‘The soft, mulberry fruits in Vina Morande give way to layers of fresh green peppercorns and vanilla spice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Earthy, spicy notes give way to a crunchy palate of light berry fruit with a final rustic finish of mulberry jam.’
  • 2A dark red or purple color.

    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.’
    • ‘From autumn through winter berries are produced in a wide range of colours - purple, rose, mulberry, white - depending on the variety.’
    • ‘The kitchen has mulberry painted walls and a fully fitted oak kitchen and beamed ceiling.’
    • ‘Our teeth shall be stained mulberry.’
    • ‘Later technology allowed for ink shades of red, green, sepia, black, and mulberry.’
    • ‘Her mid-length brown hair was decorated with tiny braids and thick mulberry streaks, pinned back in a high ponytail.’


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