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crowberry

[kroh-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈkroʊˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural crowberries.
1.
the black or reddish berry of a heathlike, evergreen shrub, Empetrum nigrum, of northern regions.
2.
the plant itself.
3.
any of certain other fruits or the plants bearing similar berries, as the bearberry.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; crow1 + berry, probably translation of German Krähenbeere
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  • Varieties of raspberry, crowberry and other berries can also be found.
  • The primary berry sources in the study area are blueberry, crowberry and soapberry.
British Dictionary definitions for crowberry

crowberry

/ˈkrəʊbərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
a low-growing N temperate evergreen shrub, Empetrum nigrum, with small purplish flowers and black berry-like fruit: family Empetraceae
2.
any of several similar or related plants
3.
the fruit of any of these plants
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Encyclopedia Article for crowberry

any species of the genus Empetrum, of the heath family (Ericaceae), particularly E. nigrum, an evergreen shrub native to cool regions of North America, Asia, and Europe. The plant thrives in mountainous regions and rocky soil. It grows about 25 cm (10 inches) tall and is somewhat trailing in habit. The narrow, simple leaves are about 1 cm (0.4 inch) long; the sides curl backward until they meet. The solitary flowers are very small and purplish. The fruit, about 1 cm long, is black, berrylike, juicy, and edible but somewhat acid in taste

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