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  • noun [ feminine ]
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BERIE, berge, berige, berigie, an; f.
a BERRY; bacca
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  • Berian


    • Cot. 36.
  • Bergan



    • Cot. 23.
  • Nym wínberian, ðe beóþ acende after óðre berigian

    take grapes, which are formed after other berries,

    • Lchdm. iii. 114, 5.
a grape; uva. Though wín-berie, q. v. a wine-berry, is generally used in Anglo-Saxon for a grape, yet berge, berige are sometimes found, as, - Gif ðú gange binnan ðínes freóndes wíneard, et ðæra bergena swá fela, swá ðú wylle, and ne ber ðú ná má út mid ðé if thou shalt go within thy friend's vine-yard, eat as many of the grapes as thou wilt, and carry not out with thee any more,
  • Deut. 23, 24.
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  • Beóþ ðínes wífes wélan gelíce swá on wíngearde weaxen berigean, and on ðínes húses hwommum genihtsum

    the riches of thy wife shall be like as grapes may grow in a vineyard, and abundant on the corners of thy house,

    • Ps. Th. 127, 3.
O. Sax. beri, n
Dut. bes, f
O. H. Ger. beri, n
Goth. basi, n
O. Nrs. ber, n.
The Goth. Plat. and Dut., says Grimm [i. 1243], do not allow us to derive these words from the root of Goth. bairan,A. Sax. beran to bear, but it is probably connected with bær bare, naked, signifying the bare fruit, which can be eaten immediately. Bopp derives the Teutonic words and the Lat. bacca from Sansk. bhaksh edere;so the Goth. basi = bhakshya cibus, eatable fruit
Derived forms
blæc-berie, byrig-, hind-, streów-, streáw-, wín-, -berie, -berge, -berige, -berigie
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v.  BÆR berge berige berigean berigie.
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  • BERIE, n.