Definition of bilberry in English:

bilberry

noun

  • 1A small dark blue edible berry.

    • ‘The snow pack was removed from four sample plots 1 m in size in a natural bilberry stand growing in a spruce forest in the vicinity of the Botanical Gardens on 14 March 2000.’
    • ‘Below the scree - girt heights, pines, larches, birches and juniper grow in luxuriant profusion on a valley floor lush in green bracken, bilberry, cowberry and heather.’
    • ‘Plants such as birds-eye primrose, wild thyme, bilberry and the insectivorous butterwort will expand, creating spectacular landscapes.’
    • ‘We passed the most wonderfully invisible grouse butts buried in bilberries and discussed when the heather would be at its best.’
    • ‘A long nose of a shrew quivered through a tussock of grass, heather and bilberry gave ground to flanks of oak woods vivid with bluebells, wild strawberries flowered in cracks.’
    • ‘Because rock climbers and others haven't bothered them they still have rare and precious toppings of bilberry and heather and adornment of mosses and lichens.’
    • ‘The non-intensive moor was lovely with some hazy silver birch, vivid green mosses, rushes, bilberries, bleached and tufted grasses and a touch of gorse.’
    • ‘In the shrub layer are green-leaf manzanita, bog bilberry, western azalea, and leather oak.’
    • ‘Leeds is to be linked with the bilberry, which grows on many of the moors surrounding the city and neighbouring Bradford.’
    • ‘The bilberry bushes are just pushing through last year's flattened bracken and this year's rising heather.’
    • ‘A slightly uneven surface is studded with irregular mossy rocks and covered with the northern European forest mixture of grass and creeping shrubs like bilberry.’
    • ‘Clearing the birch will help oak saplings and bilberries, ferns, mosses and lichens to prosper on the escarpment overlooking Nidderdale.’
    • ‘There's a rare ‘Green Lane’ sign, ground excavated by rabbits and drilled by miner bees, bilberry followed by heather, and you are on the tops.’
    • ‘It has spread, here and there, into wild rhododendrons and wild bilberries.’
    • ‘Not only do the shaggy creatures trample down invasive bracken but they treat heather and bilberry with respect - unlike sheep, which munch the delicate shoots to extinction.’
    • ‘Clustered among the turning leaves were bilberries, cranberries, bog whortleberries, cloudberries and a dozen others, edible and poisonous.’
    • ‘We are in a side valley that you don't see from the main axis of Farndale, a roadless quiet, a place of stream and pale grasses, sphagnum moss, crags, heather and seas of bilberry.’
    • ‘So we slipped straight into a larch wood and then soon found a nice sunken track through Silpho Moor with beech and birch, heather and bilberry, and, having dropped out of the clouds, sweet views of Whisper Dales.’
    • ‘When the weather's fine there's excellent walking on a network of inland tracks that climb past peat-dark lakes through cloudberries, bilberries, saxifrage and reindeer moss, with eagles above and the occasional moose up ahead.’
    • ‘Soon we hit the heather and the bilberry and entered the huge open access area that covers 16,000 acres to the south and east.’
  • 2The hardy dwarf shrub that produces bilberries, growing on heathland and mountains in northern Eurasia.

    Genus Vaccinium, family Ericaceae: several species, in particular V. myrtillus

    • ‘They rubbed his eyes with bilberries that he might better see God.’
    • ‘Sweet fillings can be equally varied and may include apples, plums, cherries, pumpkin, bilberries, walnuts, poppyseed, or millet.’
    • ‘My face must have turned as blue as the ripe bilberries in summer.’
    • ‘If your vision fails after dark, the European herb bilberry can make a noticeable short-term improvement in your sight, Winston says.’
    • ‘Through Madrid, La Rioja, Barcelona Tan's travellers might try sopa a la Riojana (a soup of lamb and haricot beans), goats' cheese with quince paste or the liqueur of bilberries and anise, pancharan.’
    • ‘My husband read that the herb bilberry is good for the eyes.’
    • ‘Not just the obvious things like fresh killed lamb and free range eggs but rabbits, the odd hare, a pheasant or two, plus the odd plump trout from the beck, field mushrooms from Hard Rock Farm and bilberries from the side of Tup Fell.’
    • ‘Methyleugenol, a naturally occurring flavor in basil, cinnamon leaves, nutmeg, mace, pimento, bananas, black pepper, bilberries and blackberry essence.’
    • ‘When out walking the dogs, I'll often pop a cloudberry or a handful of bilberries into my mouth, but my real mission is to collect blueberries and cranberries.’
    • ‘There are many remedies for diarrhea including coconut, dried bilberries and pomegranate juice.’
    • ‘At Easter, we picked bilberries and my mum made lovely pies.’
    • ‘Berries - including blueberries, bilberries, strawberries, currants and cherries - contain a group of bioflavonoids known as anthocyanidins, which show specific benefits for the eye.’
    • ‘The black grouse has been in decline across Britain largely because of sheep eating the heather and bilberries they depend on.’
    • ‘The fruit of the bilberry plant is blue-black or purple and differs from the American blueberry in that the meat of the fruit is purple, rather than cream or white.’
    • ‘So we celebrated with a little feast of bilberries and then sank on to the comfortable cushions of these shrubs for a celebratory snooze in the sunshine.’
    • ‘Vivi EyeCe Cucumber Pads by Aurora contain not only a significant amount of cucumber but also chamomile, aloe, Japanese green tea and bilberry, among other powerful anti-inflammatories.’
    • ‘The flavonoids can be found in bilberry, hawthorn, grape seed, and green tea, and in many fruits (especially citrus) and vegetables.’
    • ‘Most of Ecolution's fabrics are vegetable dyed with such botanicals as oregano, oak bark, bilberry and pansy to create a vivid palate of colors.’
    • ‘That's a lot to expect from waffles that have maybe two blueberries each and more salt than elderberries or bilberries.’
    • ‘The foods with the highest anthocyanin content are those with the darkest blue, purple or red coloring, such as bilberries, black raspberries, black currants, blackberries and blueberries.’

Origin

Late 16th century: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Danish bøllebær.

Pronunciation

bilberry

/ˈbɪlb(ə)ri/