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

  • n. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
  • n. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
  • n. Any of several similar or related plants, especially Vaccinium oxycoccos.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shrub belonging to the subgenus oxycoccus of the genus Vaccinium, consisting of four species.
  • n. The red berry of that shrub.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A red, acid berry, much used for making sauce, etc.; also, the plant producing it (several species of Vaccinum or Oxycoccus.) The high cranberry or cranberry tree is a species of Viburnum (Viburnum Opulus), and the other is sometimes called low cranberry or marsh cranberry to distinguish it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of several species of Vaccinium.
  • n. The plant which bears this fruit.

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

  • n. very tart red berry used for sauce or juice
  • n. any of numerous shrubs of genus Vaccinium bearing cranberries


Partial translation of Low German Kraanbere : Kraan, crane (from Middle Low German kran; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots) + bere, berry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Adapted in the 1640s from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German Kraanbeere, from Kraan m., which means and is cognate to crane + Beere f., which means and is cognate to berry. (Wiktionary)



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