bear·​ber·​ry ˈber-ˌber-ē How to pronounce bearberry (audio)
: a trailing evergreen plant (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) of the heath family with astringent foliage and red berries

Examples of bearberry in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bearberry was in 1677

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“Bearberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


bear·​ber·​ry ˈba(ə)r-ˌber-ē How to pronounce bearberry (audio)
: a trailing evergreen plant with glossy red berries that is related to the heath

Medical Definition


-ˌber-ē, British often & US sometimes -b(ə-)rē
plural bearberries
: a trailing evergreen plant (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) of the heath family (Ericaceae) with astringent foliage and red berries see uvaursi

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