One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorthern English, Scottish
- another term for bilberry
- ‘The grass thinned and was replaced by mosses and blaeberries.’
- ‘Other names in use in Britain are whinberry, because the plant grows among whins; and blaeberry, ‘blae’ being a north country and Scots word for blue.’
- ‘Heather is an important winter food while dwarf shrubs such as blaeberry provide shelter for chicks.’
- ‘With a diet of heather shoots, wild blaeberries and insects, these small but meaty birds are packed with flavour and are fat-free.’
- ‘Birch trees grow in extravagant excess, juniper bushes cover the floor and a rich, luxuriant undergrowth of heather, blaeberry and moss gives an impression of timelessness.’
Middle English: from Scots and northern English dialect blae ‘blackish-blue’ (from Old Norse blár, related to blue)+ berry.
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