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[bil-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈbɪlˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural bilberries.
the fruit of several shrubby species of the genus Vaccinium.
Origin of bilberry
1570-80; obsolete bil (< Scandinavian; compare Danish bölle bilberry) + berry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bilberry
Historical Examples
  • Every chink between the stones was fringed with fern and bilberry.

    In the West Country Francis A. Knight
  • It feeds on bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) in August and September.

  • One of them had but a few days before, met with two bears and their young, among the bilberry bushes, and shot two of them.

  • It was eight minutes to eleven as we slid past the lodge and on to the bilberry road.

    Berry And Co. Dornford Yates
  • The wild fig-tree grows here, and the huge boulders are tapestried with box and bilberry.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • "A cloth with an olive-coloured or a bottle-tinted spot in its pattern—anything in the nature of bilberry," explained Chichikov.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • It could not ultimately matter a bilberry whether his marriage was public or private.

  • The bilberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus) presented itself most commonly with red flowers, more rarely with flesh-coloured ones.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • A bilberry thicket straggled down to the opposite bank of the stream on both sides of the road.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
  • They landed on swampy ground, and made their way over rare beautiful mosses, ling, and low growth of bilberry and cloudberry.

    Katharine Frensham Beatrice Harraden
British Dictionary definitions for bilberry


noun (pl) -ries
any of several ericaceous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium, having edible blue or blackish berries See also blueberry
  1. the fruit of any of these plants
  2. (as modifier): bilberry pie
Word Origin
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish böllebær, from bölle bilberry + bærberry
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