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cowberry

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

noun

, plural cow·ber·ries.
  1. the berry or fruit of any of various shrubs, especially Vaccinium vitis-idaea, of the heath family, growing in pastures.
  2. any of these shrubs.


cowberry

/ -brɪ; ˈkaʊbərɪ /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cowberry1

1790–1800; cow 1 + berry, for Latin vaccīnium plant name (in New Latin: genus name), derivative of vaccīnus of cows; vaccine

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Example Sentences

The cowberry, or red whortleberry, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea, is sometimes sold for the cranberry.

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