Definition of cowberry in English:



  • 1A low-growing evergreen dwarf shrub of the heather family, which bears dark red berries and grows in northern upland habitats.

    Vaccinium vitis-idaea, family Ericaceae

    See also lingonberry
    • ‘Pines, birches and juniper grow in luxuriant profusion on a valley floor lush in bilberry, cowberry and heather.’
    • ‘High above tree line, this group had survived on a diet of heather, azalea, hair grass, and the leaves and stems of cowberries.’
    • ‘Perspective hybrids of cowberries and blueberries have been selected and propagated.’
    • ‘Humus or organic matter builds up and this allows the blueberries and cowberries to become established.’
    • ‘There's the forest of cowberries, or the forest where the elk roams, or the timber forest.’
    1. 1.1 The edible acid berry of the cowberry plant.
      • ‘At the moment new studies are undertaken to verify the effect of cowberries on the coronary vessels.’
      • ‘Stir in about two good tablespoons of preserved cowberries and about 3 rounded tablespoons of crème fraîche.’
      • ‘I usually serve round steak of kid goat with boiled potatoes, salad and cowberry sauce, often with sauce too.’
      • ‘Besides the fish, cowberries and tea there was nothing more in our house at that moment.’
      • ‘Besides those healthful nutrients, cowberries also contain phytochemicals that are thought to counteract urinary-tract infections.’