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Meaning of cranberry by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Vaccinium oxycoccus


    From Low German Kraanbere ( “crane berry” ), from Kraan ( “crane” ) + Bere ( “berry” ). Kraan is cognate to crane, while Bere is cognate to berry .

    The bound morpheme cran- ( cran- + berry ) occurs only in this word, and this is used as an archetype, hence the term cranberry morpheme for such a morpheme .


    cranberry ( plural: cranberries )

    1. A shrub belonging to the subgenus oxycoccus of the genus Vaccinium, consisting of four species .
    2. The red berry of that shrub .


    • arando ( Vaccinium erythrocarpum )
    • bearberry ( Vaccinium erythrocarpum or Vaccinium macrocarpon )
    • dingleberry ( Vaccinium erythrocarpum )
    • fenberry ( dated, Vaccinium oxycoccus )
    • mossberry ( Canada )

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Explanation of cranberry by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. very tart red berry used for sauce or juice

    2. any of numerous shrubs of genus Vaccinium bearing cranberries

    Definition of cranberry by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cranberry ( krănbĕrr ), n.; pl. Cranberries ( -rĭz ). [So named from its fruit being ripe in the spring when the cranes return. Dr. Prior.] ( Bot. ) A red, acid berry, much used for making sauce, etc.; also, the plant producing it ( several species of Vaccinum or Oxycoccus. ) The high cranberry or cranberry tree is a species of Viburnum ( Viburnum Opulus ), and the other is sometimes called low cranberry or marsh cranberry to distinguish it.