bilberry

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

Definition of bilberry

  1. 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. 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 Both the plant and its fruit are also called whortleberry and (chiefly Scottish) blaeberry.

  3. 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


First Known Use: 1584

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bilberry

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noun bil·ber·ry \ˈbil-ˌber-ē\

Medical Definition of bilberry

plural

bilberries

  1. 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. 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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