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1. Any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Celtis, having inconspicuous flowers and small, usually ovoid drupes.
2. The fruit of such a plant.
3. The soft yellowish wood of any of these trees or shrubs.

[Alteration of obsolete hagberry, hegberry : hag-, heg-, hackberry (from Old Norse heggr) + berry.]


n, pl -ries
1. (Plants) any American tree or shrub of the ulmaceous genus Celtis, having edible cherry-like fruits
2. (Plants) the fruit or soft yellowish wood of such a tree
[C18: variant of C16 hagberry, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse heggr hackberry]


(ˈhækˌbɛr i, -bə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Celtis, of the elm family, bearing cherrylike fruit.
2. the sometimes edible fruit of such a tree.
3. the wood of such a tree.
[1775–85, Amer.; variant of hagberry < Scandinavian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hackberry - any of various trees of the genus Celtis having inconspicuous flowers and small berrylike fruitshackberry - any of various trees of the genus Celtis having inconspicuous flowers and small berrylike fruits
Celtis, genus Celtis - large genus of trees and shrubs with berrylike fruit
Celtis australis, European hackberry, Mediterranean hackberry - bright green deciduous shade tree of southern Europe
American hackberry, Celtis occidentalis - large deciduous shade tree of southern United States with small deep purple berries
Celtis laevigata, sugarberry - deciduous shade tree with small black berries; southern United States; yields soft yellowish wood
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
2.hackberry - small edible dark purple to black berry with large pits; southern United States
berry - any of numerous small and pulpy edible fruits; used as desserts or in making jams and jellies and preserves
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