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dog·ber·ry

 (dôg′bĕr′ē, dŏg′-)
n.
1. Any of various wild fruit-bearing shrubs or trees, such as a dogwood, gooseberry, or mountain ash.
2. The fruit of any of these plants.

dogberry

(ˈdɒɡˌbɛrɪ; -bərɪ; -brɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Plants) any of certain plants that have berry-like fruits, such as the European dogwood or the bearberry
2. (Cookery) the fruit of any of these plants

dogberry

(ˈdɒɡˌbɛrɪ; -bərɪ; -brɪ)
n, pl -ries
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (sometimes capital) a foolish, meddling, and usually old official
[after Dogberry, character in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing (1598)]
ˈdogberryˌism n

dog•ber•ry

(ˈdɔgˌbɛr i, -bə ri, ˈdɒg-)

n., pl. -ries.
1. the berry or fruit of any of various plants, as the chokeberry, Aronia arbutifolia, or the mountain ash, Sorbus americana.
2. the plant itself.
[1545–55]
References in classic literature ?
As I cannot, like Dogberry, find it in my heart to bestow all my tediousness upon the reader, I will not go on to bore him with a minute detail of all the discoveries and proceedings of this and the following day.
In particular, the actors truly stole the show: Captain Dogberry (Jessica Dennis, 18) who enchantingly found the right balance between bravado and befuddlement, Arturo (Joseph Giacone, 13) and La Macarena (Tasha Sheridan, 21) who lit up stage.
The name dogwood, sometimes interchanged with dogberry, has two possible derivations.
Kurtis Ludford, 18, of Dogberry Close, Willenhall, admitted driving with the wrong licence and no insurance, taking a moped without consent, failing to stop for police and driving without due care and attention.
Dogberry, Eastern Prickly Gooseberry; Woods; Infrequent; C = 4; BSUH 13208.
One such episode at Northwich in 1636, rather a plum in itself, involves James Jefferyes, the constable, who makes one think of Elbow, or Dogberry and Verges.
Russell Layton was hilarious as a dumb John Cleese-style Dogberry, the constable in charge of the watch, and had the audience laughing even before he set foot on stage.
Acclaimed director Phil Willmott is holding open auditions this Saturday to find boys aged eight to 14 to be part of the scout troop who form the patrol for Friar Dogberry in the production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Nastasia Green plays Dogberry, the malaprop constable.
Trevor Martin, Gary Waldhorn (as Leonato) and Julian Jensen's fine singing are all extra highlights, and although Dogberry and the rustics are not particularly droll.
Burton cast Keaton in ``Batman'' a year later, but the actor evidently longed to play roles - a psycho in ``Pacific Heights,'' Shakespeare's Dogberry in Kenneth Branagh's film of ``Much Ado About Nothing'' - that would not confine him like an overhyped Batsuit.