Bil"ber*ry (?), n.; pl. Bilberries (). [Cf. Dan. bollebaer bilberry, where bolle is perh. akin to E. ball.]

1. Bot.

The European whortleberry (Vaccinium myrtillus); also, its edible bluish black fruit.

There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry. Shak.

2. Bot. Any similar plant or its fruit; esp., in America, the species Vaccinium myrtilloides, V. caespitosum and V. uliginosum.


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