- either of two European blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus or V. uliginosum) having pink flowers and blue or blackish edible berries with a powdery bloom
- any of these berries
- any of various American plants, as the huckleberry
Origin of whortleberryfrom southwestern British dialect, dialectal form of earlier hurtleberry
- Any of various deciduous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium of the heath family having edible blue, black, or red berries, especially the bilberry.
- The fruit of any of these plants.
Origin of whortleberryDialectal variant of hurtleberry from Middle English hurtilbery ultimately from Old English horte whortleberry ( attested in pl. hortan )