Meaning of crowberry in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrəʊb(ə)ri/

nounplural noun crowberries

  • 1A creeping heather-like dwarf shrub with small leaves and black berries, growing on moorland.

    Empetrum nigrum, family Empetraceae

    ‘Wet meadows have abundant grasses, sedges, and rushes, while low-growing shrubs include black crowberry, mountain cranberry, shrubby cinquefoil, and three dwarf willows.’
    • ‘Rarest and most unexpected of those are broom crowberry, a wiry shrub with crowded, quarter-inch-long leaves and black berries, and curly grass, a fern that has small curly leaves that look like immature grass.’
    • ‘It comprised mostly subalpine ground with tallish heather, blaeberry, and crowberry, with some patches of short heath.’
    • ‘A faint track through the crowberry scrub led to a rightwards sloping ramp of black slabs which seemed to give way to a series of zig-zags amongst some large blocks.’
    1. 1.1The edible but flavourless black berry of the crowberry.
      ‘The blaeberries, crowberries, elderberries and stinging nettles, along with the more than 30 types of fungi which he finds in the forest, find their way onto his menu.’
      • ‘American Indians of the north-west and Alaska used to gather crowberries for winter food, preserving them by drying or, in Alaska, by placing them with other berries in seal oil.’