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crowberry Line breaks: crow|berry
Pronunciation: /ˈkrəʊb(ə)ri/

Definition of crowberry in English:

noun (plural crowberries)

1A creeping heather-like dwarf shrub with small leaves and black berries, growing on moorland.
  • Empetrum nigrum, family Empetraceae
Example sentences
  • 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 flavourless black berry of the crowberry.
Example sentences
  • 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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