bilberry

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

Definition of bilberry

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 :the sweet, edible fruit of the bilberry used especially in pies and jams; also :the dried fruit or an extract of this fruit used as an herbal remedy
Note: Both the plant and its fruit are also called whortleberry and (chiefly Scottish) blaeberry.
3 :any of several related plants (such as Vaccinium caespitosum) or their fruit

Origin and Etymology of bilberry

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

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bilberry

noun bil·ber·ry \ ˈbil-ˌber-ē \

medical Definition of bilberry

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


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