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bilberry

1. any of several ericaceous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium, having edible blue or blackish berries
2. 
a. the fruit of any of these plants
b. (as modifier): #5bilberry pie
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bilberry

Similar to blueberries. Ripe blueberries are white or light green inside, while bilberries and huckleberries are red or purple throughout. Bilberries are most often found singularly or in pairs, while blueberries are most often found in clusters. High in vitamin C and bioflavonoidswhich helps keep connective tissues healthy and strengthens small blood vessels and capillaries, factors that keep skin youthful. Lowers blood pressure. GREAT FOR EYES- increases rhodopsin which helps night blindness. It protects against macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Also has a strong effect on lowering blood sugar. Very astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory. Dried berry and leaf tea used for diarrhea, diabetes, dysentery, diuretic, scurvy (vitamin C deficiency), mouth inflammations, stop bleeding, arthritis, hardening of arteries, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, rebuilding connective tissue (skin, wrinkles).

bilberry

symbol for falsehood. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 172]
See: Deceit
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The Essex Racing Club, who suffered more than most with the loss of Great Leighs this year, added a third winner since last month with the success of Billberry in the second division of the 6f handicap to go along with the two recent wins from their Red Suede Shoes.
Jim Crowley, second to Fallon on Billberry in Sham Sheer's race, took the opener on Danny's Choice, who made all up the rail and upset odds-on Art Scholar by three-quarters of a length.
Sarah's Art (centre) beats Zowington (left) and Billberry in the handicap restricted to greys