One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of several North American plants with red fruits, especially the red baneberry, Actaea rubra, and a buckthorn of the south-western United States, Rhamnus crocea.
2(More fully "Australian red-berry") any of several Australian saltbushes of the genus Rhagodia (family Chenopodiaceae), with fleshy red fruits.
3Newfoundland the edible fruit of the lingonberry, a variety of cowberry, Vaccinium vitis-idaea.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in George Washington (1732–1799), revolutionary army officer and president of the United States of America.
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