Definitions for Cranberryˈkrænˌbɛr i, -bə ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cran•ber•ryˈkrænˌbɛr i, -bə ri(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. the sour red berry of certain plants belonging to the genus Vaccinium, of the heath family, as V.macrocarpon or V.oxycoccos, used esp. to make a sauce, relish, or juice.

    Category: Plants, Cooking

  2. the plant itself, growing wild in bogs or cultivated in acid soils, esp. in the northeastern U.S.

    Category: Plants

Origin of cranberry:

1640–50, Amer.; < LG kraanbere

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cranberry(noun)

    any of numerous shrubs of genus Vaccinium bearing cranberries

  2. cranberry(noun)

    very tart red berry used for sauce or juice

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cranberry(noun)ˈkrænˌbɛr i, -bə ri

    a small red tart fruit

    cranberry juice

Wiktionary

  1. cranberry(Noun)

    A shrub belonging to the subgenus oxycoccus of the genus Vaccinium, consisting of four species.

  2. cranberry(Noun)

    The red berry of that shrub.

  3. Origin: From Kraanbere, from Kraan + Bere. Kraan is cognate to crane, while Bere is cognate to berry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cranberry(noun)

    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 (V. Opulus), and the other is sometimes called low cranberry or marsh cranberry to distinguish it

Freebase

  1. Cranberry

    Cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs or trailing vines in the subgenus Oxycoccus of the genus Vaccinium. In some methods of classification, Oxycoccus is regarded as a genus in its own right. They can be found in acidic bogs throughout the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere. Cranberries are low, creeping shrubs or vines up to 2 metres long and 5 to 20 centimetres in height; they have slender, wiry stems that are not thickly woody and have small evergreen leaves. The flowers are dark pink, with very distinct reflexed petals, leaving the style and stamens fully exposed and pointing forward. They are pollinated by bees. The fruit is a berry that is larger than the leaves of the plant; it is initially white, but turns a deep red when fully ripe. It is edible, with an acidic taste that can overwhelm its sweetness. Cranberries are a major commercial crop in certain American states and Canadian provinces. Most cranberries are processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam, and sweetened dried cranberries, with the remainder sold fresh to consumers. Cranberry sauce is regarded as an indispensable part of traditional American and Canadian Thanksgiving menus and some European winter festivals.

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