noun, plural choke·cher·ries. Chiefly Northern U.S.

any of several cherries, especially Prunus virginiana, of North America, that bear an astringent fruit.
the fruit itself.

Origin of chokecherry

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; choke + cherry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -ries

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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