\ \ [OE] Berry is a strictly Germanic word, not found in other branches of Indo-European (German has beere, Dutch bes, and Danish bær).
\ \ Its earliest application seems to have been specifically to grapes; the only record of it in Old Saxon and Gothic is in the compound ‘wineberry’, and around 1000 Aelfric translated Deuteronomy 23:24 into Old English as ‘If you go into your friend’s vineyard, eat the berries’.
\ \ But by the Middle Ages the term had broadened out to encompass the sorts of fruit we would recognize today as berries. The word goes back ultimately to a prehistoric Germanic *basj-, which it has been speculated may be related to Old English basured’.

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  • BERRY — Ancienne province du centre de la France, dont Bourges fut la capitale et qui a formé l’essentiel des départements du Cher (chef lieu: Bourges) et de l’Indre (chef lieu: Châteauroux). Riche en vestiges préhistoriques (mégalithes), le Berry entre… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Berry — Berry, Chuck Berry, Juan de Francia, duque de Berry, María Carolina Fernanda Luisa de Nápoles, duquesa de ► Antigua región histórica del centro de Francia, actualmente repartida entre los departamentos de Cher, Indre, Creuse, Nièvre y Allier. * * …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Berry — Berry, AL U.S. town in Alabama Population (2000): 1238 Housing Units (2000): 574 Land area (2000): 11.177100 sq. miles (28.948554 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.005802 sq. miles (0.015028 sq. km) Total area (2000): 11.182902 sq. miles (28.963582 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Berry [1] — Berry, 1) ehemalige Provinz in Frankreich, s. Berry (Gesch.); 2) (Canal du B., Canal du Cher), Kanal, im französischen Departement Allier beginnend u. im Departement Loire Cher endigend; 3) (Berry Pomeroy), Dorf in der englischen Grafschaft Devon …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Berry, AL — U.S. town in Alabama Population (2000): 1238 Housing Units (2000): 574 Land area (2000): 11.177100 sq. miles (28.948554 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.005802 sq. miles (0.015028 sq. km) Total area (2000): 11.182902 sq. miles (28.963582 sq. km) FIPS …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Berry, KY — U.S. city in Kentucky Population (2000): 310 Housing Units (2000): 124 Land area (2000): 0.271264 sq. miles (0.702571 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.271264 sq. miles (0.702571 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Berry — En France, le nom désigne bien sûr celui qui est originaire du Berry (variante : Berri). En Angleterre, où il est très répandu, il a un autre sens : celui qui habite un lieu dit Berry (= forteresse, demeure fortifiée, ancien anglais byrig) …   Noms de famille

  • berry — [ber′ē] n. pl. berries [ME & OE berie, a berry, grape, akin to ON ber, Goth weina basi, lit., wine berry] 1. any small, juicy, fleshy fruit, as a strawberry or raspberry 2. the dry seed or kernel of various plants, as a coffee bean or wheat grain …   English World dictionary

  • Berry — Ber ry, n.; pl. {Berries}. [OE. berie, AS. berie, berige; akin to D. bes, G. beere, OS. and OHG. beri, Icel. ber, Sw. b[ a]r, Goth. basi, and perh. Skr. bhas to eat.] 1. Any small fleshy fruit, as the strawberry, mulberry, huckleberry, etc. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Berry [1] — Berry oder Berri, ehemalige Prov. Frankreichs, bildet jetzt die Departemente des Cher und Indre, fruchtbar an Getreide, berühmt durch Schafzucht, mit Bergbau auf Eisen. Der Name soll von den gallischen Bituriges herkommen; zuerst Grafschaft, dann …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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