noun Date: 1597 1. an evergreen subshrub (Empetrum nigrum of the family Empetraceae) of subtemperate regions with an inedible tasteless black berry 2. the fruit of a crowberry

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  • crowberry — [krō′ber΄ē] adj. [prob. transl. of Ger krähenbeere] designating a family (Empetraceae, order Ericales) of dicotyledonous shrubby evergreens n. pl. crowberries 1. any of several hardy, low, evergreen shrubs (genus Empetrum) of the crowberry family …   English World dictionary

  • Crowberry — Crow ber ry (kr? b?r r?), n. (Bot.) A heathlike plant of the genus {Empetrum}, and its fruit, a black, scarcely edible berry; also called {crakeberry}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crowberry — For other shrubs of the same name, see Bearberry. Crowberry Empetrum nigrum Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • crowberry — /kroh ber ee, beuh ree/, n., pl. crowberries. 1. the black or reddish berry of a heathlike, evergreen shrub, Empetrum nigrum, of northern regions. 2. the plant itself. 3. any of certain other fruits or the plants bearing similar berries, as the… …   Universalium

  • crowberry — noun a) Empetrum; a small genus of dwarf evergreen shrubs that bear edible fruit. b) Empetrum nigrum; a species of crowberry …   Wiktionary

  • crowberry — noun (plural crowberries) 1》 a creeping heather like dwarf shrub with small leaves and black berries. [Empetrum nigrum.] 2》 the edible but flavourless black berry of the crowberry …   English new terms dictionary

  • crowberry — crow•ber•ry [[t]ˈkroʊˌbɛr i, bə ri[/t]] n. pl. ries 1) pln a low evergreen shrub, Empetrum nigrum, of the crowberry family, bearing an edible black berry 2) pln the berry itself • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • crowberry — /ˈkroʊbɛri/ (say krohberee) noun (plural crowberries) 1. the insipid black or reddish berry of an evergreen heath like shrub, Empetrum nigrum, of northern regions. 2. the plant itself, of the family Empetraceae …   Australian English dictionary

  • crowberry — n. (pl. ies) 1 a a heathlike evergreen shrub Empetrum nigrum, bearing black berries. b the flavourless edible berry of this plant. 2 US a cranberry …   Useful english dictionary

  • crowberry family — crow′berry fam ily n. pln a family, Empetraceae, of heathlike evergreen shrubs, of N regions, having black to red berries …   From formal English to slang

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