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1. A deciduous North American shrub or small tree (Prunus virginiana) in the rose family, having elongate clusters of small white flowers and astringent, dark red to nearly black fruit.
2. The fruit of this plant.

[From its bitter fruit.]


n, pl -ries
1. (Plants) any of several North American species of cherry, esp Prunus virginiana, having very astringent dark red or black fruit
2. (Plants) the fruit of any of these trees


(ˈtʃoʊkˌtʃɛr i)

n., pl. -ries. Chiefly Northern U.S.
1. any of several cherries, esp. Prunus virginiana, of North America, that bear an astringent fruit.
2. the fruit itself.
[1775–85, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chokecherry - the fruit of the chokecherry treechokecherry - the fruit of the chokecherry tree  
chokecherry tree, Prunus virginiana, chokecherry - a common wild cherry of eastern North America having small bitter black berries favored by birds
fruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
2.chokecherry - a common wild cherry of eastern North America having small bitter black berries favored by birdschokecherry - a common wild cherry of eastern North America having small bitter black berries favored by birds
genus Prunus, Prunus - a genus of shrubs and trees of the family Rosaceae that is widely distributed in temperate regions
cherry tree, cherry - any of numerous trees and shrubs producing a small fleshy round fruit with a single hard stone; many also produce a valuable hardwood
chokecherry - the fruit of the chokecherry tree
Prunus demissa, Prunus virginiana demissa, western chokecherry - chokecherry of western United States
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Currants, blueberries, and chokecherries are some of my favorites.
I decided to use the cooked and strained chokecherries for juice, similar to the elderberry juice I paid a small fortune for in a health food store.
With a stockpile of chokecherries, blueberries and rhubarb, he's entertaining the idea of producing between six and eight flavours.
Here's another example: In some areas here in Minnesota, on the edge of the woodlands and prairie lands, we don't have any more chokecherries, which we use for our ceremonies.
They differ from similarly shaped rawhide flat cases, which were used variously to hold dried meat, chokecherries, tools such as hide scrapers and mauls, or medicine objects.
FIELD FLORALS In Paonia, Ashley Krest cultivates some materials in her fields, while foraging others--such as chokecherries, goldenrod, and wild sweet pea--from her property.
Maybe there were nearby patches of wild chokecherries, elderberries, currants, or wild grapes or plums that you could put up as preserves.
On the way home we stopped along the road to pick wild chokecherries, which make great jam and syrup.
Month after month the struggle to eke out an existence went on, the men working here and there and being paid mostly in kind, and the women and children picking wild fruit consisting of strawberries, raspberries, pin cherries, chokecherries, saskatoons, and black currants.
Later still, oak seedlings, chokecherries and poison ivy as well as many little plants I do not know the names of.
But it was in a mixed stand of aspens, chokecherries and scattered apple trees that the setter shined and added the essential brush strokes d his work to the image forever planted in the man's mind's eye.
Hall said the boar had been feeding on apples, chokecherries and acorns.