- the berry or fruit of any of various shrubs, especially Vaccinium vitis-idaea, of the heath family, growing in pastures.
- any of these shrubs.
Origin of cowberry
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The cowberry, or red whortleberry, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea, is sometimes sold for the cranberry.
- 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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