from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shrub (Ilex glabra) of eastern North America, having black, berrylike fruit. Also called Appalachian tea.
  • n. The fruit of the inkberry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various unrelated plants that bear dark berries: Ilex glabra, Ilex verticillata, Scaevola plumieri, and those of the pokeweed genus Phytolacca, especially Phytolacca americana.
  • n. The fruit of such a plant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An elegant shrub, Ilex glabra, found on the Atlantic coast of North America.
  • n. The plant Randia aculeata, called the West Indian inkberry.
  • n. The plant Mollinedia macrophylla (Kibara macrophylla of authors), called the Australian or Queensland inkberry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. evergreen holly of eastern North America with oblong leathery leaves and small black berries


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ink +‎ berry


  • The name inkberry was given to the plant because of the strong stain of the berry juice which was sometimes used for ink.

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  • It was as if, instead of clipping a photo of sophora, sea lavender, or inkberry to the side of my easel, I had clipped this very photograph.

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  • Among the groomed inkberry hedgerows and white picket fences of Provincetown's West End sits the rambling Cape Cod-style Red Inn. The hotel's eight rooms are traditional, with wide-plank ceilings, pine floors, and wrought-iron beds.

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  • There was Cherokee bean and inkberry low on the ground, but none of that jungle shit that's growing out there now.

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