1. Any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Celtis, having inconspicuous flowers and small, usually ovoid drupes.
2. The fruit of such a plant.
3. The soft yellowish wood of any of these trees or shrubs.
[Alteration of obsolete hagberry, hegberry : hag-, heg-, hackberry (from Old Norse heggr) + BERRY.]
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