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[kroh-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
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noun, plural crow·ber·ries.
  1. the black or reddish berry of a heathlike, evergreen shrub, Empetrum nigrum, of northern regions.
  2. the plant itself.
  3. any of certain other fruits or the plants bearing similar berries, as the bearberry.

Origin of crowberry

1590–1600; crow1 + berry, probably translation of German Krähenbeere
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noun plural -ries
  1. a low-growing N temperate evergreen shrub, Empetrum nigrum, with small purplish flowers and black berry-like fruit: family Empetraceae
  2. any of several similar or related plants
  3. the fruit of any of these plants
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