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Blueberries (fruit)


blue +‎ berry



blueberry (countable and uncountable, plural blueberries)

  1. (countable) An edible round berry, belonging to the cowberry group (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus), with flared crowns at the end, that turns blue on ripening.
  2. (countable) The shrub of the above-mentioned berry.
  3. (countable and uncountable) A dark blue colour.



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blueberry (comparative blueberrier, superlative blueberriest)

  1. Of a dark blue colour.
    • 2007 September 9, Veronique, “Bowls”, in[1] (Usenet), archived from the original on 2024-02-24:
      > > > > > > The color choice in the shop was Plum, Orange Peel, Periwinkle, or
      > > > > > > Lime.
      > > > Periwinkle, now renamed blueberry. Second choice, orange peel.
      > > It looks to my eye that "blueberry" is, uh, bluer than "periwinkle."
      On-site, Blueberry looked blueberrier than Periwinkle, but it does follow the Fruit Names theme more closely.
  2. (rare) Resembling or characteristic of blueberries.
    • 1964 August 24, Breyers, “blueberry vanilla ice cream”, in The Daily Record, volume 75, number 122, Stroudsburg, Pa., page 5:
      Breyers finds the sweetest, sunniest blueberries. Gently presses their just-picked flavor into a smooth puree. Then mixes lavishly with Breyers famous Vanilla Ice Cream. The result—the tastiest blueberriest flavor ever!
    • 1970 February, Betty Crocker, “The blueberry muffin with the blueberriest flavor”, in Better Homes and Gardens, volume 48, number 2, Des Moines, Ia.: Meredith Corporation, page 107:
      The blueberry muffin with the blueberriest flavor. / More blueberry flavor than any other mix. [] If you like more blueberry flavor in your muffins, this is the one.
    • 1978 October, Betty Crocker, “It’s new! It’s improved! It’s the blueberriest tasting muffin mix around!”, in Better Homes and Gardens, volume 56, number 10, Des Moines, Ia.: Meredith Corporation, page 143:
      IT’S THE BLUEBERRIEST TASTING MUFFIN MIX AROUND! [] New Improved Betty Crocker® Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix makes the blueberriest tasting muffins because we added more blueberry flavor. [] So they taste blueberrier than any other brand.
    • 2005, Rowan Clifford, Rodeo Ron and His Milkshake Cows[2], New York, N.Y.: Borzoi Books, Alfred A. Knopf, →ISBN:
      Down leaped Ron and milked the frothiest, fruitiest, blueberriest milkshake anybody had ever tasted.
    • 2005, David Drake, “Renewing Old Acquaintances”, in Tommy Powers and the Mutant Stranger (Tommy Powers; 2), Fayetteville, Ark.: The Family of Man Press, →ISBN, page 37:
      “Tommy! Good to see you, honey! Fresh blueberry, today.” / “You always know what I want. That’s great! Thanks.” / “Where’s Gussy?” she asked as she picked though the assortment. “I’ll find you the largest, blueberriest, one of the lot.” / “Blueberriest?” came Gus’s amused voice from behind me.” / “I understood,” I said. / It seemed that both Amy’s dictionary and mine were significantly different from his.
    • 2007, The Bakers at Hodgson Mill, Hodgson Mill Whole Grain Baking: 400 Healthy and Delicious Recipes for Muffins, Breads, Cookies, and More, Beverly, Mass.: Fair Winds Press, →ISBN, page 348:
      Fat-Free Blueberry Muffins / The “blueberriest” of muffins and low fat, too!
    • 2010, Joanne Chang with Christie Matheson, Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe, San Francisco, Calif.: Chronicle Books, →ISBN, page 217:
      You name the occasion and I’m making a blueberry pie for him to celebrate. Over the years, I’ve come up with several tricks to make this the blueberriest, fruitiest, most delicious pie ever.
    • 2014, Brooks Headley with Chris Cechin-De La Rosa, Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts: The Recipes of Del Posto’s James Beard Award–Winning Pastry Chef, New York, N.Y.: W. W. Norton & Company, →ISBN, page 69, column 1:
      When I was a kid, my mom bought a brand of super-cheap imitation blueberry muffin mix that had a tagline on the box: “Blueberrier than real blueberries!”



blueberry (third-person singular simple present blueberries, present participle blueberrying, simple past and past participle blueberried)

  1. To gather or forage for blueberries.
    • 1939, Kathrene Pinkerton, Wilderness Life, Carrick and Evans (1939), page 179:
      We blueberried on an open flat beside the river. The ground was covered with great frosted blue globules, sweet and warm in the sunshine.
    • 1947 August 26, Robert Wallcott, Albert Hale, “What People Talk About”, in Daily Boston Globe:
      The "white longlegged, long-necked bird" seen by your Ayer reader while she was blueberrying on the shore of a pond was either the Little Blue Heron in white phase or immature, []
    • 1951, Elizabeth Coatsworth, The Enchanted: An Incredible Tale, Pantheon, published 1951, page 62:
      They had not passed again in the surrey going to the Forks, nine miles away, and none of the girls had been blueberrying among the bushes at the edge of the woods.
    • 1988, Ms. Magazine, volume 17, numbers 1-6, page 38:
      Sarah and I have been blueberrying together off and on since the summer of '64. This morning, armed with our pots and pans, we went out and picked two quarts of wild berries and then came home and made a cake.
    • 2000, Robert Dash, Notes from Madoo: Making a Garden in the Hamptons, Houghton Mifflin Company, published 2000, →ISBN, page 152:
      Pointy fraise de bois went through it all with undiminished generosity (so small a plant for all that giving!) and the picking was fine, for the birds were off blueberrying and taking the late raspberries just as they ripened.
    • 2000, Edward Hoagland, “A Peaceable Kingdom”, in Tigers & Ice: Reflections on Nature and Life, The Lyons Press, →ISBN, page 61:
      On some of the richest days, when a moose stalks by or a bear is blueberrying or munching hazelnuts outside, I think of my house as a bathysphere suspended in the wilderness.
    • 2002, Loretta Ellsworth, The Shrouding Woman[3], Henry Holt and Company, published 2002, →ISBN:
      "Come, Aunt Flo. I'll show you where we go blueberrying. Last year we got almost a bushel of berries, and Papa says they should be ripe now."
    • 2002, Lois Kenyon Pesanelli, His Hand Upon Me for Miracles, 1st Books Library (2002), →ISBN, page 14:
      We decided to go blueberrying one day up in our hills. We grabbed our blueberry cans, hitched them to our belts, and headed for the blueberries.

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