One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of numerous flowering plants which constitute the large cosmopolitan genus Rubus (family Rosaceae), the members of which typically have woody, often prickly stems, produce sweet edible berries in the form of aggregate fruits, and include the raspberry and blackberry. Also (in form Rubus): the genus itself.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From classical Latin rubus bramble, probably from the same base as ruber red, with reference to the colour of the unripe fruit. In later use after scientific Latin Rubus, genus name.
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