• WordNet 3.6
    • n bilberry blue-black berries similar to American blueberries
    • n bilberry erect blueberry of western United States having solitary flowers and somewhat sour berries
    • n bilberry erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue-black berries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bilberry (Bot) Any similar plant or its fruit; esp., in America, the species Vaccinium myrtilloides Vaccinium cæspitosum and Vaccinium uliginosum.
    • Bilberry (Bot) The European whortleberry (Vaccinium myrtillus); also, its edible bluish black fruit. "There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bilberry A shrub and its fruit, Vaccinium Myrtillus. In Scotland the bilberry is usually called blaeberry, from its blae or dark-blue color. See Vaccinium and whortleberry.
    • n bilberry A name sometimes given in the United States to the fruit of the shad-bush, Amelanchier Canadensis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bilberry bil′ber-i called also Whortleberry, a shrub and its berries, which are dark blue.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Dan. böllebær, bilberry, where bölle, is perh. akin to E. ball,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Dan. böllebær; Scot. blaeberry; Ger. blaubeere.


In literature:

Nor will they recognise bilberries or whortleberries so called; "hurts" is the name.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
There were plenty of bilberries and elder berries, but no raspberries.
"The Lilac Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
Four brawny labourers were also there; and, near by, each in leash, the three little terriers lay among the bilberries.
"Creatures of the Night" by Alfred W. Rees
What can you grow in Bilberry Moss?
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
He hid himself in a hole under a mass of bilberry-bushes, and soon one pair of scouts passed him.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
I was picking bilberries on the mountains and strayed into their land by chance one day.
"Fairy Tales from the German Forests" by Margaret Arndt
At this moment a Crow made of bilberry preserve and liquorice hopped up to them.
"The City Curious" by Jean de Bosschère
The juniper bushes were luxuriant, and there were plenty of bilberries and wild strawberries in bloom.
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia" by Maturin M. Ballou
It closed with a verse of original poetry, and Bilberry began to feel sure that a great poet was to arise in its midst.
"Harper's Round Table, October 15, 1895" by Various
She goes there to pick bilberries.
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy

In poetry:

Some nights are made for loving,
Nights when the moon is round
And brightly shines on the wed and unwed.
When bracken and heather make a fine bed,
And the pillow a bilberry mound.
"Girl To Her Chance-Bairn" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe

In news:

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