• WordNet 3.6
    • n bearberry chiefly evergreen subshrubs of northern to Arctic areas
    • n bearberry deciduous shrub of southeastern and central United States
    • n bearberry shrubby tree of the Pacific coast of the United States; yields cascara sagrada
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bearberry (Bot) A trailing plant of the heath family (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), having leaves which are tonic and astringent, and glossy red berries of which bears are said to be fond.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bearberry A trailing evergreen ericaceous shrub, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, found throughout the arctic and mountainous portions of the northern hemisphere, and bearing small bright-red drupes. The leaves are very astringent and slightly bitter, and under the name uva-ursi are used in medicine as an astringent tonic, chiefly in affections of the bladder. It is the kinnikinic which the Indians of western America mix with their tobacco for smoking. Also called bear's-bilberry, bear's-grape, and foxberry.
    • n bearberry In the Pacific States, a species of Rhamnus, R. Purshiana, named from the fondness of bears for its berries. Also called bearwood.
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In literature:

The juice of bearberries gives them a bright red.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
Bearberries grew in profusion everywhere.
"Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska" by Charles Warren Stoddard
Characteristic plants are the blueberry and bearberry, mixed with creeping juniper and a few scattered grasses.
"Notes on the Mammals of Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties, Michigan, 1920" by L. R. Dice
Arbutin, C12H16O7, which occurs in bearberry along with methyl arbutin, hydrolyses to hydroquinone and glucose.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various

In news:

Among groundcovers , low-growing junipers and bearberry prefer sunny areas and tolerate sandy soils.
The twinberry shrub is known by numerous names — black twinberry , twinberry honeysuckle and bearberry honeysuckle.