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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
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  • bilberry reduces visual fatigue and supports overall eye health.
  • bilberry plants tend to drop leaves rapidly when the fruit is ripening.
  • Shrubs include lower-elevation species as well as the more restricted bilberry and crowberry.
  • bilberry extract shows promise in rat models and in clinical studies.
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
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