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Bearberry \Bear"ber*ry\, n. (Bot.) A trailing plant of the heath family ( Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), having leaves which are tonic and astringent, and glossy red berries of which bears are said to be fond.


n. 1 Any of three dwarf shrubs of the genus ''Arctostaphylos'', which principally grow in arctic and subarctic regions and bear edible berries. 2 ''Arctostaphylos uva-ursi'', the (vern common bearberry pedia=1).

  1. n. shrubby tree of the Pacific coast of the United States; yields cascara sagrada [syn: cascara buckthorn, bearwood, chittamwood, chittimwood, Rhamnus purshianus]

  2. deciduous shrub of southeastern and central United States [syn: possum haw, winterberry, Ilex decidua]

  3. chiefly evergreen subshrubs of northern to arctic areas


Bearberries are three species of dwarf shrubs in the genus Arctostaphylos. Unlike the other species of Arctostaphylos (see manzanita), they are adapted to Arctic and Subarctic climates, and have a circumpolar distribution in northern North America, Asia and Europe, one with a small highly disjunctive population in Central America.

Bearberry (disambiguation)

Bearberry may refer to:

  • Bearberry, any of three species of Arctostaphylos
    • Arctostaphylos alpina alpine bearberry
    • Arctostaphylos rubra red fruit bearberry
    • Arctostaphylos uva-ursi common bearberry
  • Rhamnus purshiana species of American buckthorn
  • Cranberry, the American cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon
  • Mixtures of bearberry leaves, also known as kinnikinnick, See Bearberry#History and folklore
    • A Native American smoking mixture primarily of bearberry
    • A Native American tea mixture primarily of bearberry

Usage examples of "bearberry".

In the immediate vicinity were also nuts, high-bush cranberries, bearberries, hard small apples, starchy potatolike roots, and edible ferns.

In the immediate vicinity were also nuts, high-bush cranberries, bearberries, hard small apples, starchy potatolike roots, and edible ferns.

A certain variety of round, hard starchy roots that took well to long cooking came out first, followed by baskets of a mixture of bone marrow, blue bearberries, and a variety of cracked and ground seeds -- pigweed, a mixture of grains, and oily pignon seeds.

Diuretics for unfortunates with stone, or gravel, concocted from bearberry and dandelion.

Three, however, had developed shallow soils and a bit of vegetation, while the largest had not only scrubby aspens and birches, but a small stand of black spruce, complete with nesting birds that fed on bearberry and bilberry, and the seeds of other dwarf shrubs that grew there.

Raif farmed the landscape as he walked, searching the grassbeds and shrub groves for bearberries frozen on the vine, rosehips, field mint, and the little wood ear mushrooms that grew on rotting logs.

During its excretion, Arbutin exercises an antiseptic effect on the urinary mucous membrane: Bearberry leaves are, therefore, used in inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract, urethritis, cystisis, etc.

Fern, huckleberry, bearberry, service berry, the shoulder-high broad-leafed thimbleberry, and a plethora of plants Anna couldn't put a name to, tangled in the cross-hatching of rotting timber.

Like the common Arbutus, or the Strawberry Tree and the Bearberry, it belongs to the order Ericacece, the family of the heaths.

The leaves of other plants have been mistaken for Bearberry leaves, notably those of the Cowberry (Vaccinium Vitis-idaea) and of the Box (Buxus sempervirens), and have occasionally been used to adulterate the drug, but Bearberry leaves are readily distinguished by the characteristics given, viz.