from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A low creeping evergreen shrub (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), native to northern parts of North America and Eurasia and having drooping clusters of small white or pinkish flowers.
- n. The edible red berry of this plant, used to make sauces, jams, and preserves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A shrub native to the cool temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere (Vaccinium vitis-idaea).
- n. The berry of this shrub.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of Vaccinium (Vaccinium Vitis-idæa), which bears acid red berries which are sometimes used in cookery; -- locally called mountain cranberry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of the plant Vaccinium Vitis-Idæa or red huckleberry. See Vaccinium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tart red berries similar to American cranberries but smaller
- n. low evergreen shrub of high north temperate regions of Europe and Asia and America bearing red edible berries
It is often called a "cowberry" and is a member of the cranberry family.
On the steeper slopes of hummocky ground there were banks of blaeberry and cowberry with a very deep layer of mosses.
None of us were particularly knowledgeable about the culinary habits of Russians, so we were pleased to find ourselves in a reasonably stylish restaurant looking over the Neva river with a menu which featured a wide range of choices such as beet carpaccio salad; cottage cheese and herbs; venison medallions with cowberry sauce and pelmeni stuffed with veal and pumpkin.
Ground cover consists of cowberry Vaccinium vitis-idaea (R), bilberry V. myrtillus and reindeer mosses Cladonia spp ..
I was fairly stumped about what a cowberry would be, until Wikipedia informed me they're the same thing as lingonberries.
The house we're renting has its own boat and fishing rods, fruit trees in the garden, and the owner has given me maps for nearby cowberry picking.
According to a few websites the cowberry is also known as the lingonberry, foxberry, mountain cranberry Vaccinium vitis-idaea.
One day she's out tending sheep on the hillside, when she comes across a cowberry, which she eats 'Marjatta' suggests the Finnish word marja, 'berry'.
We call them, well, lingonberries although a quick glance at my Swedish-English dictionary also translates lingon as red whortleberry or cowberry, which sounds like something out of Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market, which is to say very 19th century obscure and hifalutin English.
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