Definition of crowberry in English:


Syllabification: crow·ber·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈkrōˌberē

noun (plural crowberries)

  • 1A creeping heatherlike dwarf shrub with small, needle-shaped leaves and black or reddish berries.
    • Genus Empetrum, family Empetraceae: several species, in particular the black crowberry (E. nigrum), with pea-sized black berries
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    • Wet meadows have abundant grasses, sedges, and rushes, while low-growing shrubs include black crowberry, mountain cranberry, shrubby cinquefoil, and three dwarf willows.
    • Rarest and most unexpected of those are broom crowberry, a wiry shrub with crowded, quarter-inch-long leaves and black berries, and curly grass, a fern that has small curly leaves that look like immature grass.
    • It comprised mostly subalpine ground with tallish heather, blaeberry, and crowberry, with some patches of short heath.
  • 1.1The edible but flavorless berry of the crowberry plant.
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    • The blaeberries, crowberries, elderberries and stinging nettles, along with the more than 30 types of fungi which he finds in the forest, find their way onto his menu.
    • American Indians of the north-west and Alaska used to gather crowberries for winter food, preserving them by drying or, in Alaska, by placing them with other berries in seal oil.

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