Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A low-growing deciduous shrub (Vaccinium myrtillus) of the heath family native to Eurasia and western North America, having edible bluish-black berries borne singly or in pairs, used for making jams, jellies, and juice and for medicinal purposes.
  • noun Any of several similar plants of the genus Vaccinium.
  • noun The fruit of any of these plants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shrub and its fruit, Vaccinium Myrtillus.
  • noun A name sometimes given in the United States to the fruit of the shad-bush, Amelanchier Canadensis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The European whortleberry (Vaccinium myrtillus); also, its edible bluish black fruit.
  • noun (Bot.) Any similar plant or its fruit; esp., in America, the species Vaccinium myrtilloides, Vaccinium cæspitosum and Vaccinium uliginosum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Vaccinium myrtillus, the wild European blueberry of the cowberry family.
  • noun The shrub of the above-mentioned plant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue-black berries
  • noun blue-black berries similar to American blueberries
  • noun erect blueberry of western United States having solitary flowers and somewhat sour berries

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[bil-, probably of Scandinavian origin; see bhel- in Indo-European roots + berry.]

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  • Hey, this sounds like me!

    December 7, 2007

  • Er...uh...the word, or the WordNet definition?

    December 7, 2007

  • lol r, now that I re-read the definition I find it a tad lewd. I can assure you my berries display a much more cheerful chroma.

    December 7, 2007

  • *relieved*

    December 7, 2007

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    Twice as notable as other super-fruits I am!

    February 5, 2010