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nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
The fruit of a herbaceous species of Rubus, especially that of the stone bramble, R. saxatilis.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Pennant (1726–1798), naturalist, traveller, and writer. From roebuck + berry, with reference to the fondness for the fruit attributed to roebucks.
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