American cranberry


noun

See under cranberry(def 1).

Definition for american cranberry (2 of 2)

cranberry
[ kran-ber-ee, -buh-ree ]
/ ˈkrænˌbɛr i, -bə ri /

noun, plural cran·ber·ries.

the red, acid fruit or berry of certain plants of the genus Vaccinium, of the heath family, as V. macrocarpon (large cranberry or American cranberry) or V. oxycoccus (small cranberry or European cranberry), used in making sauce, relish, jelly, or juice.
the plant itself, growing wild in bogs or cultivated in acid soils, especially in the northeastern U.S.

Origin of cranberry

1640–50, Americanism; < Low German kraanbere. See crane, berry
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British Dictionary definitions for american cranberry

cranberry
/ (ˈkrænbərɪ, -brɪ) /

noun plural -ries

any of several trailing ericaceous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium, such as the European V. oxycoccus, that bear sour edible red berries
the berry of this plant, used to make sauce or jelly

Word Origin for cranberry

C17: from Low German kraanbere, from kraan crane + bere berry
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