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

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First Known Use of bilberry

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for bilberry

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

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bilberry

noun
bil·ber·ry | \ˈbil-ˌber-ē \
plural bilberries

Medical 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 also : the dried fruit or an extract of this fruit used as an herbal remedy

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