Definitions

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

  • n. See blueberry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Vaccinium myrtillus, the wild European blueberry of the cowberry family.
  • n. The shrub of the above-mentioned plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The European whortleberry (Vaccinium myrtillus); also, its edible bluish black fruit.
  • n. Any similar plant or its fruit; esp., in America, the species Vaccinium myrtilloides, Vaccinium cæspitosum and Vaccinium uliginosum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shrub and its fruit, Vaccinium Myrtillus.
  • n. A name sometimes given in the United States to the fruit of the shad-bush, Amelanchier Canadensis.

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

  • n. erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue-black berries
  • n. blue-black berries similar to American blueberries
  • n. erect blueberry of western United States having solitary flowers and somewhat sour berries

Etymologies

bil-, probably of Scandinavian origin; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots + berry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • And to add to the berry fun, I have never heard the term bilberry before either!

    AmiExpat's Bickbeerpfannkuchen Challenge!

  • In addition to standardized pomegranate and blueberry extracts, Life Extension Mix is also fortified with fruit extracts such as bilberry, grape seed, grape skin, and citrus bioflavonoids to provide healthy circulation throughout the body and maintain healthy DNA.

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  • Superfruit extract-based food supplements such as bilberry, cranberry, acerola and bilberry had become the world's most expensive fruit.

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  • There are also useful herbal remedies to consider such as bilberry, eyebright and lycium.

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  • The bright green leaves of bilberry hide their earliest, small, reddish globular floral-bells that will become a harvest of deep blue berries.

    Country diary: Millyford Bridge, New Forest

  • That and the botanical fact that the modern berry is a descendant of the diminutive and enchanting wild bilberry of British heath and moor – a forager's fruit – and one that deserves every bit of praise we can throw at it.

    Tender delights

  • The ground was a padded layer of wet needles and leaves, and, between the trees, green but leafless sprigs of bilberry.

    Country diary: Hurt Wood, Surrey Hills

  • We came across occasional bilberry plants, which became more common as we approached the first stream that cuts across the hillside.

    Country diary: Nant yr Arian, Aberystwyth

  • Though this isn't really true bilberry country as are the Langsett Moors away towards the north of the national park, there are colonies growing among the tangle of heather high on Revidge but their season is just about spent for another year.

    Country diary: Staffordshire moorlands

  • The edge of the common is a bulwark of tightly interlocked stones on a foundation of unwieldy boulders, all clothed in lichen and flowering stonecrop with blue sheep's-bit, ling and bilberry.

    Country diary: North Hill, Cornwall

Comments

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  • Vexample: "Superfruit extract-based food supplements such as bilberry, cranberry, acerola and bilberry had become the world's most expensive fruit."
    — NutraIngredients RSS

    Twice as notable as other super-fruits I am!

    February 5, 2010

  • *relieved*

    December 7, 2007

  • lol r, now that I re-read the definition I find it a tad lewd. I can assure you my berries display a much more cheerful chroma.

    December 7, 2007

  • Er...uh...the word, or the WordNet definition?

    December 7, 2007

  • Hey, this sounds like me!

    December 7, 2007