- the edible black berry of a Eurasian shrub, Vaccinium myrtillus, of the heath family.
- the shrub itself.
Origin of whortleberry
First recorded in 1570–80; dialectal variant of hurtleberry
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Examples from the Web for whortleberry
He then took one grain of corn, also one of whortleberry, and put them in the pot.The Indian Fairy Book
Humblebee and whortleberry for people that say Woos-ses-ter and Nor-wich.The Poet at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Raspberry, blackberry and whortleberry may be made the same.The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)
Mrs. F.L. Gillette
They grow on low shrubs not higher than the whortleberry bush.
Then I darted back to Cairo, in a taxi driven by a Nubian youth, so black that he was almost blue, like a whortleberry.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- Also called : huckleberry, (dialect) hurt, whort a small Eurasian ericaceous shrub, Vaccinium myrtillus, greenish-pink flowers and edible sweet blackish berries
- the fruit of this shrub
- bog whortleberry a related plant, V. uliginosum, of mountain regions, having pink flowers and black fruits
C16: southwestern English dialect form of hurtleberry; of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for whortleberry
1570s, southwestern England variant of hurtleberry (see huckleberry).
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