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[bloo-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural blue·ber·ries.
  1. the edible, usually bluish berry of various shrubs belonging to the genus Vaccinium, of the heath family.
  2. any of these shrubs.
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Origin of blueberry

First recorded in 1700–10; blue + berry
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noun plural -ries
  1. Also called: huckleberry any of several North American ericaceous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium, such as V. pennsylvanicum, that have blue-black edible berries with tiny seedsSee also bilberry
    1. the fruit of any of these plants
    2. (as modifier)blueberry pie
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Word Origin and History for blueberry


c.1775, from blue (1) + berry.

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