Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of certain mat-forming shrubs of the genus Arctostaphylos, especially A. uva-ursi, native to North America and Eurasia, having small leathery leaves, white or pinkish urn-shaped flowers, and red berrylike fruits. Also called kinnikinnick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of three dwarf shrubs of the genus Arcostaphylus, which grow in arctic regions and bear edible berries.
  • n. Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, the common bearberry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A trailing plant of the heath family (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), having leaves which are tonic and astringent, and glossy red berries of which bears are said to be fond.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trailing evergreen ericaceous shrub, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, found throughout the arctic and mountainous portions of the northern hemisphere, and bearing small bright-red drupes.
  • n. In the Pacific States, a species of Rhamnus, R. Purshiana, named from the fondness of bears for its berries. Also called bearwood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. deciduous shrub of southeastern and central United States
  • n. chiefly evergreen subshrubs of northern to Arctic areas
  • n. shrubby tree of the Pacific coast of the United States; yields cascara sagrada

Etymologies

From bear + berry. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also known as bearberry, uva ursi’s use as a folk remedy for urinary-tract infections has been validated by modern research, which shows that this herb is an effective treatment for bladder and kidney ailments.

    Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible

  • Black spruce and dwarf larch Larix larieina scrub colonises exposed moraines, giving way to an ericaceous shrub formation in the more exposed and unstable areas with alpine bearberry Anctostaphylos alpina, alpine azalea Loiseleuria procumbens and diapensia.

    Gros Morne National Park, Canada

  • Typical ground cover includes lichens, mosses, bracken fern and members of the heath family (bearberry and teaberry).

    Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, New Jersey

  • Understory species include bearberry, mosses, and sedges.

    Northwest Territories taiga

  • I scream her name—Opal Opal—run past beach heather and bearberry—Opal Opal Opal—and suddenly remember Napeague Harbor beyond the tallest dune.

    The Worst Thing I've Done

  • However, cystitis can be caused by vigorous sex but you can pack herbal help with Uvacin tablets which contain a soothing combination of peppermint, natural antiseptic bearberry and mildly diuretic dandelion.

    Healthy Holiday Tips to Ensure a Healthy Holiday

  • I take three steps on firm ground and then stumble into a gaping pit camouflaged with bearberry and alpine azalea.

    Field and Stream Adventure: The Search for the Best Brook Trout Spot on Earth

  • He was sick and drank tea from bearberry leaves as tonic, and gradually he became transformed into a black bear.

    Cold Mountain

  • Fern, huckleberry, bearberry, service berry, the shoulder-high broad-leafed thimbleberry, and a plethora of plants Anna couldn't put a name to, tangled in the cross-hatching of rotting timber.

    Blood Lure

  • She saw a bearberry shrub, a dwarf evergreen heath plant with small, dark green, leathery leaves, and an abundance of small, round, pink-tinged white flowers that promised a rich crop of red berries.

    The Plains of Passage

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • How about a Wordie group hug?
    (Bilby, keep your ears to yourself!)

    May 4, 2009

  • I just want to give a big hug to everyone else who loves this word.

    May 4, 2009