Definition of Bunchberry

1. Noun. Creeping perennial herb distinguished by red berries and clustered leaf whorls at the tips of shoots; Greenland to Alaska.

Definition of Bunchberry

1. n. The dwarf cornel (Cornus Canadensis), which bears a dense cluster of bright red, edible berries.

Definition of Bunchberry

1. Noun. A common name for two species of dwarf dogwoods: ''Cornus canadensis'' - Canadian or Eastern Bunchberry; ''Cornus suecica'' - Eurasian or Northern Bunchberry. ¹

2. Noun. The fruit of either of these plants. ¹

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Definition of Bunchberry

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Medical Definition of Bunchberry

1. The dwarf cornel (Cornus Canadensis), which bears a dense cluster of bright red, edible berries. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Bunchberry

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1. Teachers' Manual: Books I-VIII. by John Spencer Clark (1891)
"Study of the bunchberry Leaf.-Unit of Design. OBJECT. To study the shape of a leaf; to draw from it a unit of design. The Motive of Design. ..."

2. Teacher's Manual, Pt. 1-6, for The Prang Elementary Course in Art by John Spencer Clark, Walter Scott Perry, Prang Company, Mary Dana Hicks (1898)
"The dwarf cornel or bunchberry, shown in the illustration on the drawing-book page, will be found in many places and is well adapted to the study for this ..."

3. Teacher's Manual for Prang's Shorter Course in Form Study and Drawing by John Spencer Clark, Mary Dana Hicks, Walter Scott Perry (1888)
"The design required is a rosette, having a square on its diagonals as the enclosing figure, the motive for the design to be taken from the bunchberry. ..."

4. The Writings of Henry David Thoreau by Henry David Thoreau (1906)
"... not long in bloom; Spiranthes cernua, at the top; bunchberry, reddening as we ascended, green at the base of the mountain, red at the top; and the small ..."

5. Publications by English Dialect Society (1886)
"bunchberry. The fruit of Rubus saxatilis, L.—Craven, Hal. Wr.; Cumb. EDS Gloss. C. 8; North, Brockett. ..."

6. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1917)
"Furthermore, the low woods near the lake are characterized by a number of northern plants such as the bunchberry, Goldthread, Dwarf Birch, Larch and many ..."

7. The Tree Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Trees of North America by Julia Ellen Rogers (1905)
"There are eighteen American species in the genus Cornus; one is the little herbaceous bunchberry, scarcely six inches high, but distinctly a near relative ..."

8. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1902)
"Many shrubs, like some of the viburnums and dogwoods, attain a height of 10 or 15 feet, while others, like bunchberry and Daphne Cneorum, grow to a height ..."

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