Whortleberry definition

wûrtl-bĕrē, hwûrt-
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Any of various deciduous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium of the heath family having edible blue, black, or red berries, especially the bilberry.
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The fruit of any of these plants.
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Any of various American plants, as the huckleberry.
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Either of two European blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus or V. uliginosum) having pink flowers and blue or blackish edible berries with a powdery bloom.
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Any of these berries.
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Any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Vaccinium.
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A berry of one of these shrubs.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
whortleberry
Plural:
whortleberries

Origin of whortleberry

  • Dialectal variant of hurtleberry from Middle English hurtilbery ultimately from Old English horte whortleberry (attested in pl. hortan)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary