bearberry

[bair-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
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.
3.
possum haw ( def 1 ).
4.
any of several other plants, as some species of cranberry.

Origin:
1615–25; bear2 + berry

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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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Soapberry and bearberry bushes grow on the taiga where they provide berries for bears and other animals.
Commonly called bearberry cotoneaster, it displays bright red fruits among dark evergreen leaves.
The leaves are smooth edged, and generally smaller than those of alpine bearberry.
Bearberry has tough, leathery leaves to reduce evaporation.
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