bilberry

[bil-ber-ee, -buh-ree]

Origin of bilberry

1570–80; obsolete bil (< Scandinavian; compare Danish bölle bilberry) + berry
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bilberry

noun plural -ries
  1. any of several ericaceous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium, having edible blue or blackish berriesSee also blueberry
    1. the fruit of any of these plants
    2. (as modifier)bilberry pie

Word Origin for bilberry

C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish böllebær, from bölle bilberry + bær berry
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