noun pl. cowberries
- a low creeping shrub (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) of the heath family, with white or pink flowers and dark-red, acid berries
- its berry
See cowberry in American Heritage Dictionary 4
In both senses also called lingberry
, mountain cranberry
- A low creeping evergreen shrub (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), native to northern parts of North America and Eurasia and having drooping clusters of small white or pinkish flowers.
- The edible red berry of this plant, used to make sauces, jams, and preserves.
Origin: Approximate translation of New Latin Vaccīnium, genus name
Origin: , from Latin vaccīnium, bilberry (sense uncertain)
Origin: , from vaccīnus, of cows
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