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[chohk-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈtʃoʊkˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural chokeberries.
the berrylike fruit of any North American shrub of the genus Aronia, of the rose family, especially A. arbutifolia (red chokeberry) A. melanocarpa (black chokeberry) or A. prunifolia (purple chokeberry)
the plant that bears this fruit.
Origin of chokeberry
An Americanism dating back to 1770-80; choke + berry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • chokeberry, buckthorn, elder berry, and mulberry will attract birds away from blackberry and raspberry patches.

  • There were thickets of aronia or chokeberry, whose flat white blossoms and reddish bark showed its kinship to the apple tree.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • She afterwards discovered that the pink juice of chokeberry did very well for lips, cheeks, and gay dresses.

    Brave Men and Women O.E. Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for chokeberry


/ˈtʃəʊkbərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
any of various North American rosaceous shrubs of the genus Aronia
the red or purple bitter fruit of any of these shrubs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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