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bearberry

[ bair-ber-ee, -buh-ree ]
/ ˈbɛərˌbɛr i, -bə ri /
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noun, plural bear·ber·ries.

any of several prostrate shrubs belonging to the genus Arctostaphylos, of the heath family, especially A. uva-ursi, having tonic, astringent leaves and bright-red berries.
any of several other plants, as some species of cranberry.

Nearby words

bear's-paw, bear-baiting, bear-hug, bearable, bearbaiting, bearberry, bearcat, beard, beard moss, beard the lion, beard worm

Origin of bearberry

First recorded in 1615–25; bear2 + berry
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British Dictionary definitions for bearberry

bearberry

/ (ˈbɛəbərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a trailing evergreen ericaceous shrub, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, with small pinkish-white flowers, red berries, and astringent leaves
alpine bearberry or black bearberry a related species, A. alpina of European mountains, having black berries
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