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bearberry

[bair-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈbɛərˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural bearberries.
1.
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.
2.
3.
possum haw (def 1).
4.
any of several other plants, as some species of cranberry.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; bear2 + berry
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Examples from the web for bearberries
  • bearberries are three species of dwarf shrubs in the genus arctostaphylos.
  • The fruit, also called bearberries, are edible and sometimes gathered for food.
British Dictionary definitions for bearberries

bearberry

/ˈbɛəbərɪ/
noun (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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