From Middle English strawbery, strauberi, from Old English strēawberiġe, corresponding to straw + berry. The word for straw was derived from a verbal participle and thus meant "(that which is) strewn", hence the applicability to berries growing on a bush.
strawberry (countable and uncountable, plural strawberries)
- The sweet, usually red, edible fruit of certain plants of the genus Fragaria.
- Any plant of the genus Fragaria (that bears such fruit).
- A dark pinkish red colour, like that of the fruit; strawberry red.
- (rare) Something resembling a strawberry, especially a reddish bruise or birthmark.
strawberry (not comparable)
- Containing or having the flavor of strawberries.
- Flavored with ethyl methylphenylglycidate, an artificial compound which is said to resemble the taste of strawberries.
- Of a color similar to ripened strawberries.