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bilberry

[bil-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈbɪlˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural bilberries.
1.
the fruit of several shrubby species of the genus Vaccinium.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; obsolete bil (< Scandinavian; compare Danish bölle bilberry) + berry
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British Dictionary definitions for bilberry

bilberry

/ˈbɪlbərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
any of several ericaceous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium, having edible blue or blackish berries See also blueberry
2.
  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
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