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cowberry

[kou-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈkaʊˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural cowberries.
1.
the berry or fruit of any of various shrubs, especially Vaccinium vitis-idaea, of the heath family, growing in pastures.
2.
any of these shrubs.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; cow1 + berry, for Latin vaccīnium plant name (in New Latin: genus name), derivative of vaccīnus of cows; see vaccine
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British Dictionary definitions for cowberry

cowberry

/ˈkaʊbərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
a creeping ericaceous evergreen shrub, Vaccinium vitis-idaea, of N temperate and arctic regions, with pink or red flowers and edible slightly acid berries
2.
the berry of this plant
Also called red whortleberry
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