cowberry

[ kou-ber-ee, -buh-ree ]
/ ˈkaʊˌbɛr i, -bə ri /

noun, plural cow·ber·ries.

the berry or fruit of any of various shrubs, especially Vaccinium vitis-idaea, of the heath family, growing in pastures.
any of these shrubs.

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Origin of cowberry

1790–1800; cow1 + berry, for Latin vaccīnium plant name (in New Latin: genus name), derivative of vaccīnus of cows; see vaccine
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cowberry
/ (ˈkaʊbərɪ, -brɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a creeping ericaceous evergreen shrub, Vaccinium vitis-idaea, of N temperate and arctic regions, with pink or red flowers and edible slightly acid berries
the berry of this plant
Also called: red whortleberry
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