• WordNet 3.6
    • n cranberry very tart red berry used for sauce or juice
    • n cranberry any of numerous shrubs of genus Vaccinium bearing cranberries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Colour is not an indicator for the taste or ripeness in cranberries
    • n Cranberry (Bot) A red, acid berry, much used for making sauce, etc.; also, the plant producing it (several species of Vaccinum or Oxycoccus.) The high cranberry or cranberry tree is a species of Viburnum Viburnum Opulus), and the other is sometimes called low cranberry or marsh cranberry to distinguish it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The state that grows the most cranberries is Wisconsin. More than 300 million pounds of cranberries are grown in Wisconsin
    • n cranberry The fruit of several species of Vaccinium. In Europe it is the fruit of V. Oxycoccus, also called bogwort, mossberry, or moorberry, as it grows only in peat-bogs or swampy land, usually among masses of sphagnum. The berry, when ripe, is globose and dark-red, and a little more than a quarter of an inch in diameter. The berries form a sauce of fine flavor, and are much used for tarts. The same species is called in the United States the small cranberry, in distinction from the much larger fruit of the V. macrocarpon, which is extensively cultivated and gathered in large quantities for the market. The cowberry. V. Vitis-Idæa, is sometimes called the mountain-cranberry.
    • n cranberry The plant which bears this fruit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A ripe cranberry will bounce. Another name for a cranberry is bounceberry
    • n Cranberry kran′ber-i a genus of small evergreen shrubs growing in peaty bogs and marshy grounds: the berry much used for tarts.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So named from its fruit being ripe in the spring when the cranes, return. Dr. Prior.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
For crane-berry; a late word; origin obscure; cf. Ger. kranbeere or kranich-beere.


In literature:

This dish may be made of peaches or cranberries the same way.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke
Near by are the most extensive cranberry marshes in the state.
"The Beauties of the State of Washington" by Harry F. Giles
Roast reindeer, with green pease, potatoes, and cranberry jam.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
One was found five months afterward in a cranberry swamp.
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
We can't get the cranberries.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
The first year, peat will dry and crack, so as to destroy young cranberry vines.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Emma and Frances left their cranberries to look at it.
"The Spectacle Man" by Mary F. Leonard
Beset amidst the timber islands and the cranberry swamps the Long Knives broke in retreat.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
The richest massed coloring one can see in the region today, though, is that of the cranberry bogs.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
Pick over and wash one quart cranberries.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller

In poetry:

See you, brother, Cranberry Fruit —
He! ho! ho! the merry blade! —
Hugs and pets and pats yon newt,
Teasing every wilful maid.
"A Lover's Quarrel Among the Fairies" by William Butler Yeats
The roast goose, steaming on the plate,
The sweet potato cobbler,
The cranberry sauce, the pudding baked,
The seasoned turkey gobbler,�
"Thoughts Of Thanksgiving" by Charles Frederick White
Pike and perch from the Suncook taken,
Nuts from the trees of the Black Hills shaken,
Cranberries picked in the Squamscot bog,
And grapes from the vines of Piscataquog:
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Therefore, bonnie Clara, let's away
To Sidlaw hills without delay,
And pu' the cranberries and bonnie blooming heather
While we wander to and fro on the Sidlaws together.
"The Bonnie Sidlaw Hills" by William Topaz McGonagall
We are vexed and cumbered in earth’s sight
With wants, with many memories;
These see their mother what she is,
Glad-growing, till August leave more bright
The apple-coloured cranberries.
"The Sundew" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Bonnie Clara, will you go to the bonnie Sidlaw hills
And pu' the blooming heather, and drink from their rills?
There the cranberries among the heather grow,
Believe me, dear Clara, as black as the crow.
"The Bonnie Sidlaw Hills" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Use that extra butternut squash, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie to reduce wrinkles, firm your skin, and rejuvenate dry winter hair.
Filet of Minnesota walleye pike encrusted in pumpernickel, served on a bed of cranberry, wild rice with mixed fresh greens and rustic bread.
A Holiday Gift Box of Cranberry Sauce.
Has your Thanksgiving tradition let go of jellied cranberry sauce, the kind that slides out of the can with the imprint of the tin.
Cranberries + flan = one magical dessert.
Apple Frangipane Galette with Cranberries.
A slice of cranberry pear frangipani pie.
GetGo from Giant Eagle cut the ribbon on its newest location at 1737 State Route 228 in Cranberry Township, just north of Pittsburgh.
Deer Creek Loop via Cranberry Route.
2 parts Pinnacle Gummy 1 part Triple Sec 1 part Pink Lemonade 1 part Cranberry Juice Splash Grenadine.
For many of us, Thanksgiving means gathering with family and enjoying time-tested recipes — Dad's famous mashed potatoes, your brother's homemade cranberry sauce, or Grandma's pumpkin pie.
Merlin's masses of light pink to pink flowers deepen to cranberry and then to a rich ebony purple in May Merlin, part of the Gold Collection, features large, forward-facing blossoms that can stand up to inclement weather.
Cranberry tart with a Linzer crust.
As I was driving around earlier, I saw some cranberries being harvested and that made me very excited for Cranberry Sauce.
Selma Williams tastes the cranberry apple pie with pecan topping in front of her with a slice of rum raisin apple pie to her left.