highbush cranberry

noun

Definition of highbush cranberry

: a shrubby or arborescent viburnum (Viburnum opulus synonym V. opulus var. opulus of Eurasia and northern Africa and V. opulus var. americanum synonym V. trilobum of northern North America) that has prominently 3-lobed leaves, clusters of small white flowers, and shiny, acidic, red fruit typically eaten cooked (as in jams and sauces)

Note: The highbush cranberry native to Europe and northern Africa has become naturalized in North America following its use as an ornamental and is now often considered to be an invasive species.

called also cranberry bush

— see also guelder rose

First Known Use of highbush cranberry

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Highbush cranberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highbush%20cranberry. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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