[ hwur-tl-ber-ee, wur- ]
/ ˈʰwɜr tlˌbɛr i, ˈwɜr- /

noun, plural whor·tle·ber·ries.

the edible black berry of a Eurasian shrub, Vaccinium myrtillus, of the heath family.
the shrub itself.

Origin of whortleberry

First recorded in 1570–80; dialectal variant of hurtleberry
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/ (ˈwɜːtəlˌbɛrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

Also called : huckleberry, (dialect) hurt, whort a small Eurasian ericaceous shrub, Vaccinium myrtillus, greenish-pink flowers and edible sweet blackish berries
the fruit of this shrub
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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