American cranberry

noun

: a trailing red-fruited cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) with leaves oblong and obtuse, flowers in lateral clusters, and fruit ¹/₃ to ³/₄ inches in diameter

called also large cranberry

compare european cranberry

Word History

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of American cranberry was in 1771

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“American cranberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20cranberry. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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