noun \ˈkran-ˌber-ē, -ˌbe-rē, -b(ə-)rē\

: a small, dark red berry or the plant that produces it

: a dark red color

Full Definition of CRANBERRY

:  the red acid berry produced by some plants (as Vaccinium oxycoccos and V. macrocarpon) of the heath family; also :  a plant producing these
:  any of various plants with a fruit that resembles a cranberry
:  a dark red


part translation of Low German kraanbere, from kraan crane + bere berry
First Known Use: 1647


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)—Walter Chandoha

Fruit of any of several small creeping or trailing plants of the genus Vaccinium (heath family), related to the blueberry. The small-fruited, or northern, cranberry (V. oxycoccus) is found in marshy land in northern North America and Asia and in northern and central Europe. Its crimson berries, about the size of currants and often spotted, have an acid taste. The American cranberry (V. macrocarpon), found wild in most of the northeastern U.S. and grown extensively in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Wisconsin and near the Pacific coast in Washington and Oregon, is more robust than V. oxycoccus, with larger, pink to very dark red or mottled red-and-white berries. Cranberries are used in drinks, sauces, jellies, and baked goods.


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