[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.

Origin of cowberry

1790–1800; cow1 + berry, for Latin vaccīnium plant name (in New Latin: genus name), derivative of vaccīnus of cows; see vaccine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -ries
  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
Also called: red whortleberry
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