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[bley-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈbleɪˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural blaeberries. Scot. and North England.
Origin of blaeberry
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (north) blaberie. See blae, berry Unabridged
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  • He sustained himself by grasping a bush of blaeberry plants, and he dug his toes into the soft black peat.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • The Scotch name of this shrub is blaeberry, the praises of which are often sung in Northern ballads.

  • Gavin was standing on grass, but there were patches of heather within sight, and broom, and the leaf of the blaeberry.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • They drop in on her mother straining the blaeberry juice through a bag suspended between two chairs.

    When a Man's Single J. M. Barrie
  • He was the one to find plovers' eggs, and to spot a blaeberry patch.

    The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for blaeberry


noun (pl) -ries
(Brit) another name for bilberry (sense 1), bilberry (sense 2)
Word Origin
C15: from blae + berry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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