Why is strawberry so called?
It's simple, in the old days, words were formed without any tricks. So it is with strawberries. Strawberries - sinking to the ground!
It seems to me because the berries of this plant are inclined to the ground. The earth is understandable, and "nika" is to bend, stretch
Name of forest scented berries Strawberries literally means "earthen berry". Ripe berries often just lie on land. Other names of wild berries are also formed according to the same type: boneberry, blueberry, blueberry.
The old Russian word STRAWBERRY meant a berry, the fruits of which are low inclined to the ground, spread along it. Then C was replaced by K, and the berry received the modern name, but the etymology is visible when morphologically parsing the word:
EARTH-NIK-A, where NIK-suffix denoting the feminine gender.
Due to the fact that the berries are close to the ground