Baskets of various berries in the common sense. Only blueberries are berries in the botanical sense.





  • From Middle English berye, from Old English berġe, from Proto-West Germanic *baʀi, from Proto-Germanic *bazją.
  • Cognate with Saterland Frisian Bäie, West Flemish beier, German Beere, Icelandic ber, Danish bær.
  • The slang sense “police car” may come from the lights on the vehicles’ roofs.
  • From Middle English berȝe, berghe, from Old English beorġe, dative form of beorg, from Proto-West Germanic *berg, from Proto-Germanic *bergaz ("mountain, hill"). More at barrow.
  • From Middle English bery ("a burrow"). More at burrow.
  • From Middle English beryen, berien, from Old English *berian (found only in past participle ġebered), from Proto-West Germanic *barjan, from Proto-Germanic *barjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerH-.
  • Cognate with Scots berry, barry, German beren ("to beat, knead"), Icelandic berja ("to beat"), Latin feriō ("strike, hit").

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