noun (plural bilberries)
- 1A hardy dwarf shrub closely related to the blueberry, with red drooping flowers and dark blue edible berries.
More example sentences
- Genus Vaccinium, family Ericaceae: several species, including the tundra bilberry (V. uliginosum)
- When the weather's fine there's excellent walking on a network of inland tracks that climb past peat-dark lakes through cloudberries, bilberries, saxifrage and reindeer moss, with eagles above and the occasional moose up ahead.
- In the shrub layer are green-leaf manzanita, bog bilberry, western azalea, and leather oak.
- Leeds is to be linked with the bilberry, which grows on many of the moors surrounding the city and neighbouring Bradford.
- 1.1The small blue edible berry of the bilberry plant.More example sentences
- The fruit of the bilberry plant is blue-black or purple and differs from the American blueberry in that the meat of the fruit is purple, rather than cream or white.
- Berries - including blueberries, bilberries, strawberries, currants and cherries - contain a group of bioflavonoids known as anthocyanidins, which show specific benefits for the eye.
- The foods with the highest anthocyanin content are those with the darkest blue, purple or red coloring, such as bilberries, black raspberries, black currants, blackberries and blueberries.
late 16th century: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Danish bøllebær.
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