- any of several cherries, especially Prunus virginiana, of North America, that bear an astringent fruit.
- the fruit itself.
Origin of chokecherry
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Examples from the Web for chokecherry
There are two species of gooseberry here, but neither of them yet ripe: nor are the chokecherry, though in great quantities.History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
The wild black cherry is the most noxious species, and the chokecherry is not far behind it.
When Thea first came, the chokecherry bushes were in blossom, and the scent of them was almost sickeningly sweet after a shower.
It tore aspens and chokecherry bushes out of the ground and left the yuccas hanging by their tough roots.
Opposite the schoolhouse was a little copse of chokecherry bushes, and we stepped in among them to watch.A Busy Year at the Old Squire's</p>
Charles Asbury Stephens
- any of several North American species of cherry, esp Prunus virginiana, having very astringent dark red or black fruit
- the fruit of any of these trees
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