|fruit on a bed of Sphagnum rubellum|
Vaccinium oxycoccos is a species of flowering plant in the heath family. It is known as small cranberry, bog cranberry, swamp cranberry, or, particularly in Britain, just cranberry. It is widespread throughout the cool temperate northern hemisphere, including northern Europe, northern Asia and northern North America.
Adapted in the 1640s from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German Kraanbeere, from Kraan m, which means and is cognate to crane + Beere f, which means and is cognate to berry.
- IPA(key): /ˈkɹænb(ə)ɹɪ/
cranberry (plural cranberries)
- A shrub belonging to the section Vaccinium sect. Oxycoccus of the genus Vaccinium.
- The edible red berry of that shrub.
- An intense red colour, like that of a cranberry