black chokeberry


[chohk-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural choke·ber·ries.
  1. 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).
  2. the plant that bears this fruit.

Origin of chokeberry

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; choke + berry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for black chokeberry


noun plural -ries
  1. any of various North American rosaceous shrubs of the genus Aronia
  2. the red or purple bitter fruit of any of these shrubs
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