- any of a genus (Gaylussacia) of plants of the heath family, having dark-blue berries with ten large seeds
- the fruit of any of these shrubs
- loosely a blueberry
Origin of huckleberryprobably altered ; from hurtleberry
- a. Any of various evergreen or deciduous shrubs of the genus Gaylussacia in the heath family, especially those found in eastern North America, bearing edible bluish-black berries containing hard seedlike nutlets.b. Any of various erect deciduous or evergreen shrubs of the genus Vaccinium in the heath family, primarily of western North America, having edible blackish, blue, or red berries.
- The fruit of any of these plants.
Origin of huckleberryProbably alteration of hurtleberry, whortleberry; see whortleberry.
While some Vaccinium species, such as Vaccinium parvifolium, the red huckleberry, are always called huckleberries, other species may be called blueberries or huckleberries depending upon local custom. Usually, the distinction between them is that blueberries are white on the inside in most cases compared to huckleberries which very from red to purple inside with a couple dozen tiny seeds.