[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

Examples from the Web for chokeberry

Historical Examples of chokeberry

  • 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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for 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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