<botany> A shrub of the genus Berberis, common along roadsides and in neglected fields. B. Vulgaris is the species best known; its oblong red berries are made into a preserve or sauce, and have been deemed efficacious in fluxes and fevers. The bark dyes a fine yellow, especially. The bark of the root. [Also spelt berberry.

Origin: OE. Barbarin, barbere, OF. Berbere.

(01 Mar 1998)

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