From Middle English wyneberye, wynberie, winberie (“a grape or some other kind of berry”), from Old English wīnberġe (“grape”, literally “wine-berry”), from Proto-West Germanic *wīnabaʀi, from Proto-Germanic *wīnabasją (“wineberry; grape”), equivalent to wine + berry. Cognate with Dutch wijnbeer, West Frisian wynbei (“grape”), wiemer (“currant”), German Weinbeere (“grape”), Swedish vinbär (“currant”), Icelandic vínber (“grape”), Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐌽𐌰𐌱𐌰𐍃𐌹 (weinabasi, “grape”).
wineberry (plural wineberries)
- The plant Rubus phoenicolasius, the Japanese wineberry.
- Its edible fruit, resembling a raspberry.
- The tree Aristotelia serrata, endemic to New Zealand, with broad rose-coloured leaves.
- Its edible fruit, a small black berry.