[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for whortleberry


/ (ˈwɜːtəlˌbɛrɪ) /

nounplural -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

  1. bog whortleberry a related plant, V. uliginosum, of mountain regions, having pink flowers and black fruits

Origin of whortleberry

C16: southwestern English dialect form of hurtleberry; of unknown origin

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