- a firm, sour, edible, red berry, the fruit of any of several trailing evergreen shrubs (genus Vaccinium) of the heath family
- any of these shrubs
Origin of cranberryfrom Dutch kranebere, Low German kraanbere, literally , crane berry: name used by early settlers in United States , replacing earlier British fen berry
- A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpon) in the heath family, native to eastern North America and widely cultivated for its tart, red, edible berries.
- The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
- Any of several other plants in the genus Vaccinium having red berries, especially V. oxycoccos.
Origin of cranberryPartial translation of Low German Kraansbere, Kraanbere any of several European cranberry species, literally “crane-berry” (probably from the resemblance of the flower of the European species Vaccinium oxycoccus to the head and neck of a crane) Kraan crane ( from Middle Low German kran ; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots.) bere berry