Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

bilberry

play
noun bil·ber·ry \ˈbil-ˌber-ē, -ˌbe-rē\

Definition of bilberry

  1. 1 :  any of several ericaceous shrubs (genus Vaccinium) that resemble blueberries but have flowers which arise solitary or in very small clusters from axillary buds; especially :  a Eurasian shrub (Vaccinium myrtillus)

  2. 2 :  the sweet edible fruit of the bilberry; also :  an extract of this fruit used in medicine



Origin and Etymology of bilberry

bil- (probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan bølle whortleberry) + berry


First Known Use: 1577

Other Seed Plant Terms


Medical Dictionary

bilberry

play
noun bil·ber·ry \ˈbil-ˌber-ē\

Medical Definition of bilberry

plural

bilberries

  1. 1:  a low-growing, erect, Eurasian shrub (Vaccinium myrtillus) having blue or bluish black fruits that resemble blueberries but are borne singly rather than in clusters

  2. 2:  the sweet, edible fruit of the bilberry; also :  the dried fruit or an extract of this fruit used as an herbal remedy




Learn More about bilberry


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bilberry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

different from the usual or normal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

accommodate acommadate acommodate accomodate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ