baneberry /ˈbeɪnb(ə)ri/


I. noun

1. a plant of the buttercup family, which bears fluffy spikes of creamy-white flowers followed by shiny berries, found in north temperate regions.

●Genus Actaea, family Ranunculaceae, especially the common Eurasian A. spicata (also called herb Christopher), with black berries.
2. the bitter, often poisonous, berry of the baneberry.
– origin mid 18th cent.: from bane in the sense ‘poison’ + berry.

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