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[bair-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈbɛərˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
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.
Origin of bearberry
1615-25; bear2 + berry Unabridged
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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.
  • The name bearberry derives from the edible fruit said to be greatly enjoyed by bears.
British Dictionary definitions for bearberry


noun (pl) -ries
a trailing evergreen ericaceous shrub, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, with small pinkish-white flowers, red berries, and astringent leaves
alpine bearberry, black bearberry, a related species, A. alpina of European mountains, having black berries
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