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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 of bilberry
1570-1580
1570-80; obsolete bil (< Scandinavian; compare Danish bölle bilberry) + berry
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  • 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

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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