Definitions

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

  • n. See cowberry.

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  • n. A shrub native to the cool temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere.
  • n. The berry of this shrub.

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  • n. tart red berries similar to American cranberries but smaller
  • n. low evergreen shrub of high north temperate regions of Europe and Asia and America bearing red edible berries

Etymologies

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

Swedish lingon, a kind of berry + berry.

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lingon +‎ berry

Examples

  • A lingonberry is a small red berry, very much like a cranberry, but sweeter, not quite as tart.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • According to a few websites the cowberry is also known as the lingonberry, foxberry, mountain cranberry Vaccinium vitis-idaea.

    Russian Booze

  • Swedish meatballs/salmon fillet, new potatoes, steamed veggie, lingonberry sauce/juice …

    Matthew Yglesias » School Lunch Or; How to Make Government Work

  • Something Scandinavian would be nice, like pickled anything with an aquavit, lingonberry, dill sauce, but call it glaze.

    Anna Brones: Formulating the Foolproof Foodie Menu

  • Take, for example, the BAMcafé's entry—little more than chef Tim Sullivan's launching pad for a Vesuvius of Hudson Valley duck confit, lingonberry chutney and crispy kale.

    Lining Up for Latkes

  • Mr. Cowell, 51 years old, sipped on his specially formulated antiaging smoothie, which he drinks daily, made with imported lingonberry, acerola berry, chokeberry and aronia juice flown in specially from exotic locations.

    The Judging of Simon Cowell

  • The lure of a lingonberry, say, is weighed against the social and environmental costs of importing cases across international lines.

    Taste of Scandinavia, via Catskills

  • In Blenheim Farm's hydroponic greenhouse, a lone lingonberry was visible, now little more than a fleck of red buried in a swell of leaves.

    Taste of Scandinavia, via Catskills

  • Beef meatballs ($8), are perfectly adequate, served with an ordinary brown gravy, a rich and velvety celeriac-potato mash, and some lingonberry preserves.

    Where Has All the Lutefisk Gone? « PubliCola

  • There are also hearty Swedish meatballs ($7.50), made from pork and veal, sitting in a light gravy and served with simple boiled potatoes and a generous dollop of lingonberry preserves.

    Where Has All the Lutefisk Gone? « PubliCola

Comments

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  • c_b beat me to the punch. I was a big fan of out loud on toast with lingonberry butter.

    January 24, 2009

  • He eats all of their forests, that's what.

    January 24, 2009

  • ... What do Swedes have against Euell Gibbons?

    *joke*

    January 23, 2009

  • Also popular with Swedes. Lingonberries, that is, not Euell Gibbons.

    January 23, 2009

  • No, no, I recognized the commercial! I didn't recognize the name when y'all were just talking about it.

    January 23, 2009

  • Such a young'un. ;->

    January 23, 2009

  • ha ha!! *finally gets it*

    January 23, 2009

  • But many parts of him were edible.

    January 23, 2009

  • Chortleberry!

    January 22, 2009

  • Tastes like wild hickory nuts!

    He died of Dutch Elm disease, you know...

    January 22, 2009

  • Who else is old enough to remember Euell Gibbons and his highbush cranberries?

    January 22, 2009

  • Damn! Farkleberry was the best one!

    January 22, 2009

  • Just in case anyone is puzzled, I deleted farkleberry and whortleberry from the list in the previous comment; as they appear not to be red.

    There seems to be more than a little confusion out there as far as berry nomenclature is concerned.

    I tried to verify whether or not moss peach is another term for lingonberry, as one of the blog comments seemed to suggest. But the google search results scared me away. Though not before I found out that Peaches Geldoff has apparently supplanted Kate Moss as the face/body of Agent Provocateur, whatever that might be.

    January 22, 2009

  • Cuuuute...

    This berry, though it does not suck, makes an appearance on this list.

    January 22, 2009

  • Also known as the Ikea berry.

    January 22, 2009

  • Also known as:

    foxberry

    cowberry

    partridgeberry

    sparkleberry

    lowbush cranberry

    mountain cranberry

    csejka berry

    hurtleberry

    mountain bilberry

    bilbyberry*

    red whortleberry

    redberry

    Vaccinium vitis idaea

    бру�?ника

    Preiselbeerchen

    airelle (I'm a little doubtful about this, as the French-English dictionary lists bilberry and cranberry as the translation; however, the only French word given for cranberry is canneberge)

    *: madeupical

    Source: languagehat entry (and comments); Dec 24th, 2008.

    January 22, 2009

  • Commonly used to make jam for pancakes in Finland.

    December 7, 2007

  • Nabokov insists that it is this berry from which is made the beverage Tatyana's mother serves on Onegin's first visit: "brusnichnaya voda" (which one might easily be tempted to translate "cranberry water"). In his Commentary, Nabokov wittily calls this drink lingonade.

    December 7, 2007