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Blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo-colored berries in the section Cyanococcus within the genus Vaccinium (a genus that also includes cranberries and bilberries).

blueberry n 1: any of numerous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium bearing blueberries [syn: {blueberry bush}] 2: sweet edible dark-blue berries of either low-growing or high-growing blueberry plants

Blueberry \Blue"berry\, n. [Cf. {Blaeberry}.] (Bot.) The berry of several species of {Vaccinium}, an ericaceous genus, differing from the American huckleberries in containing numerous minute seeds instead of ten nutlets. The commonest species are {Vaccinium Pennsylvanicum} and {Vaccinium vacillans}. {Vaccinium corymbosum} is the tall blueberry. [1913 Webster]


Huckleberry is a name used in North America for several plants in the family Ericaceae, in two closely related genera: Vaccinium and Gaylussacia.

huckleberry n 1: any of various dark-fruited as distinguished from blue-fruited blueberries 2: any of several shrubs of the genus Gaylussacia bearing small berries resembling blueberries 3: blue-black berry similar to blueberries and bilberries of the eastern United States

Huckleberry \Huc"kle*ber`ry\, n. [Cf. {Whortleberry}.] (Bot.) (a) The edible black or dark blue fruit of several species of the American genus {Gaylussacia}, shrubs nearly related to the blueberries ({Vaccinium}), and formerly confused with them. The commonest huckelberry comes from {Gaylussacia resinosa}. (b) The shrub that bears the berries. Called also whortleberry. [1913 Webster] {Squaw huckleberry}. See {Deeberry}. [1913 Webster]

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  • blueberry: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • blueberry: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • huckleberry: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • huckleberry: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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