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dogberry1 (ˈdɒɡˌbɛrɪ Pronunciation for dogberry1 ; -bərɪ; -brɪ) 

Definitions

noun

(plural) -ries
  1. any of certain plants that have berry-like fruits, such as the European dogwood or the bearberry
  2. the fruit of any of these plants

dogberry2 (ˈdɒɡˌbɛrɪ Pronunciation for dogberry2 ; -bərɪ; -brɪ) 

Definitions

noun

(plural) -ries
  1. (sometimes capital) a foolish, meddling, and usually old official

Derived Forms

ˈdogberryˌism noun

Word Origin

after Dogberry, character in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing (1598)

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