ber-ry / bĕr′ē ; plural berries
1. a small, juicy stoneless fruit, regardless of its botanical structure
Naturally sweet and juicy, berries are low in sugar and high in nutrients – they are among the best foods you can eat.
Joel Fuhrman, 1953 –
2. a simple fruit with a pulpy wall in which two or more seeds are embedded, such as a grape, blueberry, currant, tomato or banana
There is a devil in every berry of the grape.
3. a dried kernel or seed, such as a coffee bean or wheat
But what is coffee, but a noxious berry, Born to keep used-up Londoners awake?
Charles Stuart Calverley, 1831 – 1884
4. an egg of a lobster, crayfish or fish
The Commissioners tell us[…] that the lobster is in its very best condition when it is laden with its berry[…]
From The Quarterly Review, Volume 144 (1877)
1. to pick or gather berries
Sometimes my sister would go berrying with me, but often I was on my own.
From “Yankee Summer: The Way We Were: Growing Up in a Rural Vermont in the 1930s” by Lewis Hill, 1924 – 2008
2. to grow or produce berries
Bring colour to your garden with berrying shrubs.
bur-y / bĕr′ē
1. to inter; to place in a grave or tomb, usually with a ceremony
Do not be like a miser who saves for those who will bury him.
2. to cover with earth
But there was something I liked about the idea of those seeds buried so deep having at least a chance to emerge.
From “Just Listen” by Sarah Dessen, 1970 –
As the seed buried in the earth cannot imagine itself as an orchid or hyacinth, neither can a heart packed with hurt imagine itself loved or at peace.
Mark Nepo, 1951 –
3. to cover in order to hide or conceal
The greatest talents often lie buried out of sight.
Plautus, 254 BC – 184 BC
4. to embed
The friends we have lost do not repose under the ground…they are buried deep in our hearts.
Alexandre Dumas, 1802 – 1870
5. to engross in deep concentration
Buried in sorrow and in sin,
At hell’s dark door we lay;
But we arise by grace Divine
To see a heav’nly day.
From “Hymn 88” by Isaac Watts, 1674 – 1748
6. to end; to abandon
It’s a poor bureaucrat who can’t stall a good idea until even its sponsor is relieved to see it dead and officially buried.
Robert Townsend, 1920 – 1998