bearberry


bearberry

noun, plural bear·ber·ries.

  1. any of several prostrate shrubs belonging to the genus Arctostaphylos, of the heath family, especially A. uva-ursi, having tonic, astringent leaves and bright-red berries.
  2. cascara.
  3. possum haw.
  4. any of several other plants, as some species of cranberry.

noun plural -ries

  1. a trailing evergreen ericaceous shrub, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, with small pinkish-white flowers, red berries, and astringent leaves
  2. alpine bearberry or black bearberry a related species, A. alpina of European mountains, having black berries

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