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[bil-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural bil·ber·ries.
  1. the fruit of several shrubby species of the genus Vaccinium.
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Origin of bilberry

1570–80; obsolete bil (< Scandinavian; compare Danish bölle bilberry) + berry
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Examples from the Web for bilberry

Historical Examples of bilberry

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for 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
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Word Origin for bilberry

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