alpine bilberry


variants or alpine blueberry
plural alpine bilberries or alpine blueberries
: a low-growing deciduous shrub (Vaccinium uliginosum) of the heath family that grows in cool temperate regions of North America and Eurasia and has pink to white urn-shaped flowers and blue to bluish-black edible berries
also : the berry of the alpine bilberry

Note: The shrub and berry are more commonly known as bog bilberry or bog blueberry.

Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alpine bilberry was in 1843

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“Alpine bilberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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