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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).
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz

bilberry

symbol for falsehood. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 172]
See: Deceit
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He will just need luck in running from there and I am expecting Billberry to trade a lot shorter than his pre-race mark in running.
"I bought three at Tatts including Billberry, who was having his first run for us," said club organiser Barry Root, who was accompanied by a handful of fellow members enjoying their moment in the limelight.
Others to follow Lingfield 2.30 Gifted Apakay, 3.00 Frequency, 3.30 Flamsteed, 4.00 Billberry, 4.30 Ten Down, 5.00 Arabian Silk, 5.30 Zalkani.
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
Stuart Williams, trainer of Zowington and Billberry "Obviously it's a novelty race, but Zowington ran well on the course last week when finishing second.
Yarmouth 2.15 Kings Bayonet, 2.45 Extracurricular, 3.15 Halfway House, 3.45 Surprise Party, 4.15 Luc Jordan, 4.45 Billberry.