deer-berries

deerberry

[deer-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural deerberries.
1.
either of two shrubs, Vaccinium stamineum or V. caesium, of the heath family, native to the eastern U.S., having clusters of small, white or greenish flowers and blue or greenish berries.
2.
the fruit of either of these shrubs.
Also called squaw huckleberry.


Origin:
1805–15, Americanism; deer + berry; alleged to be a source of winter food for deer

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