1A tree of the elm family which has leaves that resemble those of nettles, found in both tropical and temperate regions.
Genus Celtis, family Ulmaceae: several species, in particular the North American hackberry (C. occidentalis), which bears purple edible berries
- ‘In addition to the oaks, the city lost wax myrtles, hackberries, weeping willows and magnolias.’
- ‘Some of the primary plants for butterfly larvae include: aspen, alfalfa, clover, nettle, pearly everlasting, milkweed, grasses, hackberry, parsley, vetch, and willow.’
- ‘Walnut trees can also grow in small groups or as scattered specimens mixed with American elm, hackberry, boxelder, sugar maple, green and white ash, basswood, red oak, and hickory.’
- ‘Also fairly common are bluejack oak, netleaf hackberry, honey mesquite, and prickly ash.’
- ‘He promotes the planting of trees indigenous to southern Ontario that provide large canopies such as the sugar maple, red oak, hackberry and black walnut.’
- 1.1The berry of the hackberry tree.
- ‘While the inhabitants of the cave probably consumed hackberries and grapes as fruits, the remaining seed present are likely incidental.’
- ‘Wild fruits such as hackberries and grapes supplemented the diet.’
- ‘The earliest inhabitants of the cave utilized the entrance chamber from autumn to winter, as evidenced by a reliance on the fall nut mast, such as hickory and walnut, and wild fruits such as hackberry.’
- ‘In spring they also eat hackberries here, but this year the supply had been exhausted in early winter.’
- ‘So when you eat the hackberries, wash them first.’
Mid 18th century variant of northern English dialect hagberry, of Scandinavian origin.