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checkerberry

[chek-er-ber-ee]
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noun, plural check·er·ber·ries.
  1. the red fruit of the American wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens.
  2. the plant itself.
  3. any of several other plants bearing similar fruit, or the fruit itself.
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Origin of checkerberry

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; perhaps so named from its appearance
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Examples from the Web for checkerberry

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for checkerberry

checkerberry

noun plural -ries
  1. the fruit of any of various plants, esp the wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  2. any plant bearing this fruit
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