bear berry


[bair-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural bearberries.
any of several prostrate shrubs belonging to the genus Arctostaphylos, of the heath family, especially A. uva-ursi, having tonic, astringent leaves and bright-red berries.
possum haw ( def 1 ).
any of several other plants, as some species of cranberry.

1615–25; bear2 + berry Unabridged
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bearberry (ˈbɛəbərɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  a trailing evergreen ericaceous shrub, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, with small pinkish-white flowers, red berries, and astringent leaves
2.  alpine bearberry, black bearberry a related species, A. alpina of European mountains, having black berries

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