ETYM So named from its fruit being ripe in the spring when the cranes return. Dr. Prior.
1. Any of numerous shrubs of genus Vaccinium bearing cranberries.
2. Very tart red berry used for sauce or juice.
Any of several trailing evergreen plants of the genus Vaccinium in the heath family Ericaceae, allied to bilberries and blueberries. They grow in marshy places and bear small, acid, crimson berries, high in vitamin C, used for making sauce and jelly.