noun, plural bear·ber·ries.
- 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.
- possum haw.
- any of several other plants, as some species of cranberry.
noun plural -ries
- a trailing evergreen ericaceous shrub, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, with small pinkish-white flowers, red berries, and astringent leaves
- alpine bearberry or black bearberry a related species, A. alpina of European mountains, having black berries