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

noun, plural bil·ber·ries.

the fruit of several shrubby species of the genus Vaccinium.

Origin of bilberry

1570–80; obsolete bil (< Scandinavian; compare Danish bölle bilberry) + berry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -ries

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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