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

  • n. A low-growing evergreen shrub (Empetrum nigrum) native to cool regions of the Northern Hemisphere and having tiny leaves, small pinkish or purplish flowers, and black, berrylike fruits.
  • n. The fruit of this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Empetrum; a small genus of dwarf evergreen shrubs that bear edible fruit.
  • n. Empetrum nigrum; a species of crowberry.
  • n. A fruit of such plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A heathlike plant of the genus Empetrum, and its fruit, a black, scarcely edible berry; -- also called crakeberry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of Empetrum nigrum, so called from its black color; the plant itself, a heath-like evergreen shrub common on heaths in Scotland and the north of England, and found in the northern United States and arctic America. Also called black crowberry and heathberry.

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

  • n. a low evergreen shrub with small purple flowers and black berrylike fruit


Probably translation of German Krähenbeere : Krähe, crow + Beere, berry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
crow +‎ berry (Wiktionary)



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