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[bil-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈbɪlˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural bilberries.
the fruit of several shrubby species of the genus Vaccinium.
Origin of bilberry
1570-80; obsolete bil (< Scandinavian; compare Danish bölle bilberry) + berry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • It was eight minutes to eleven as we slid past the lodge and on to the bilberry road.

    Berry And Co. Dornford Yates
  • Every chink between the stones was fringed with fern and bilberry.

    In the West Country Francis A. Knight
  • I was fishing for trout when a mother moose came up-stream among the bilberry and alder bushes.

  • The wild fig-tree grows here, and the huge boulders are tapestried with box and bilberry.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • It feeds from April to June on sallow, birch, bilberry, and wild strawberry.

  • The bilberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus) presented itself most commonly with red flowers, more rarely with flesh-coloured ones.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • Sometimes spoken of as the bilberry, but more commonly as the service berry, the fruit of the shad-bush (Amelanchier canadensis).

  • They landed on swampy ground, and made their way over rare beautiful mosses, ling, and low growth of bilberry and cloudberry.

    Katharine Frensham Beatrice Harraden
  • And in Dolly's passage across the room another incident occurred which was not lost upon the head of the house of bilberry.

    Vagabondia Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • We were coming within a mile of the bilberry embankment, when we began to observe a new class of phenomena.

British Dictionary definitions for bilberry


noun (pl) -ries
any of several ericaceous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium, having edible blue or blackish berries See also blueberry
  1. the fruit of any of these plants
  2. (as modifier): bilberry pie
Word Origin
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish böllebær, from bölle bilberry + bærberry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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