[hwur-tl-ber-ee, wur-]
noun, plural whor·tle·ber·ries.
  1. the edible black berry of a Eurasian shrub, Vaccinium myrtillus, of the heath family.
  2. the shrub itself.

Origin of whortleberry

First recorded in 1570–80; dialectal variant of hurtleberry
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noun plural -ries
  1. Also called : huckleberry, (dialect) hurt, whort a small Eurasian ericaceous shrub, Vaccinium myrtillus, greenish-pink flowers and edible sweet blackish berries
  2. the fruit of this shrub
  3. bog whortleberry a related plant, V. uliginosum, of mountain regions, having pink flowers and black fruits

Word Origin for whortleberry

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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