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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.
After moving across town to Geoff Huffer's yard he became champion apprentice in 1981 with 45 winners, including Dogberry in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock.
This is one of Shakespeare's comedies and Sion Pritchard as Dogberry the constable in charge of Messina's night watch, is an absolute hoot.
Jake Ferretti was also a great Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon and Sherry Baines a wonderful Beatrice, while Phylip Harries is excellent in his execution of Dogberry as the light relief.
A few months ago I enjoyed a performance of Much Ado About Nothing at Stratford, where the actor playing Dogberry set the house roaring with laughter.
A few months ago I enjoyed a performance of Much Ado About A Nothing at Stratford, where the actor playing Dogberry set the house roaring with laughter.
We must exterminate these men," says constable Dogberry (the fantastic Nick Haverson), meaning interrogate.
Consequently, Claudio rejects Hero at the altar, humiliating her in the process, and after a faked death proposed by the friar (Paul Meston) she is shown to be innocent when the bumbling night watch crew led by Dogberry (Nathan Fillion) manage to somehow uncover the plot.
Mention must be made of Nathan Fillion as the fumbling policeman, Dogberry.
Alan Beck is Dogberry, the officious constable who provides the story's comic foil, with Earl Ruttencutter as his sidekick.
More fun comes in the form of Nathan Fillion who is hilarious as "law enforcer" Dogberry with his on-screen partner Tom Lenk (a co-star from Buffy).
This is especially apparent in the banter between bumbling cop Dogberry (Nathan Fillion) and his partner, Verges (Tom Lenk), which results in some of the piece's few strained moments.