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[chek-er-ber-ee] /ˈtʃɛk ərˌbɛr i/
noun, plural checkerberries.
the red fruit of the American wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens.
the plant itself.
any of several other plants bearing similar fruit, or the fruit itself.
Origin of checkerberry
An Americanism dating back to 1770-80; perhaps so named from its appearance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Ground pine and "checkerberry" grew abundantly in the grove.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • "checkerberry cordial is what you want, Miss Margaret," she said.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • The Wintergreen, or checkerberry, used for flavoring, belongs to this genus.

  • Mrs. Pike was not near, would give him a checkerberry lozenge.

    Nautilus Laura E. Richards
  • Both boys breathed deep of the piney fragrance and filled their mouths with pungent "checkerberry" leaves.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • There's a powerful lot of them in the woods, like sassafras root and checkerberry and things like that.

  • The checkerberry's spicy flavor permeates leaves, stem and fruit.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • He was very hungry but found a spring of 50 sweet water and some checkerberry leaves, and, thus refreshed, continued his flight.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • The bee discovers the pale pendent blossoms of the checkerberry under the leaves and almost prone upon the ground.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • Gaultheria procumbens (checkerberry), prevailing everywhere in woods along banks of rivers.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau
British Dictionary definitions for checkerberry


/ˈtʃɛkəbərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
the fruit of any of various plants, esp the wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
any plant bearing this fruit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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