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[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.
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Origin of whortleberry

First recorded in 1570–80; dialectal variant of hurtleberry
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Examples from the Web for whortleberry

Historical Examples

  • He then took one grain of corn, also one of whortleberry, and put them in the pot.

    The Indian Fairy Book

    Cornelius Mathews

  • Humblebee and whortleberry for people that say Woos-ses-ter and Nor-wich.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Raspberry, blackberry and whortleberry may be made the same.

  • They grow on low shrubs not higher than the whortleberry bush.

  • Then I darted back to Cairo, in a taxi driven by a Nubian youth, so black that he was almost blue, like a whortleberry.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for whortleberry


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
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Word Origin

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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