vaccinium

noun

vac·​cin·​i·​um
vakˈsinēəm
1
capitalized : a large widely distributed genus of shrubs (family Ericaceae) including the blueberries and cranberries and distinguished by the 4- to 5-celled ovary and the usually many-seeded baccate fruit compare oxycoccus
2
plural -s : any plant of the genus Vaccinium

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin, blueberry, whortleberry, probably of non-Indo-European origin; akin to the source of Greek hyakinthos hyacinth

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“Vaccinium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaccinium. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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