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a. Any of various evergreen or deciduous shrubs of the genus Gaylussacia in the heath family, especially those found in eastern North America, bearing edible bluish-black berries containing hard seedlike nutlets.
b. Any of various erect deciduous or evergreen shrubs of the genus Vaccinium in the heath family, primarily of western North America, having edible blackish, blue, or red berries.
2. The fruit of any of these plants.

[Probably alteration of hurtleberry, whortleberry; see whortleberry.]


n, pl -ries
1. (Plants) any American ericaceous shrub of the genus Gaylussacia, having edible dark blue berries with large seeds
2. (Plants) the fruit of any of these shrubs
3. (Plants) another name for blueberry
4. (Plants) a Brit name for whortleberry1
[C17: probably a variant of hurtleberry, of unknown origin]


(ˈhʌk əlˌbɛr i)

n., pl. -ries.
1. the dark blue or black edible berry of any of various shrubs belonging to the genus Gaylussacia of the heath family.
2. a shrub bearing such fruit.
[1660–70, Amer.; perhaps alter. of earlier hurtleberry whortleberry]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.huckleberry - any of various dark-fruited as distinguished from blue-fruited blueberrieshuckleberry - any of various dark-fruited as distinguished from blue-fruited blueberries
blueberry, blueberry bush - any of numerous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium bearing blueberries
2.huckleberry - any of several shrubs of the genus Gaylussacia bearing small berries resembling blueberries
Gaylussacia, genus Gaylussacia - deciduous or evergreen shrubs of North America: black huckleberries
black huckleberry, Gaylussacia baccata - low shrub of the eastern United States bearing shiny black edible fruit; best known of the huckleberries
dangleberry, dangle-berry, Gaylussacia frondosa - huckleberry of the eastern United States with pink flowers and sweet blue fruit
box huckleberry, Gaylussacia brachycera - creeping evergreen shrub of southeastern United States having small shiny boxlike leaves and flavorless berries
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
3.huckleberry - blue-black berry similar to blueberries and bilberries of the eastern United States
berry - any of numerous small and pulpy edible fruits; used as desserts or in making jams and jellies and preserves
black huckleberry, Gaylussacia baccata - low shrub of the eastern United States bearing shiny black edible fruit; best known of the huckleberries


References in classic literature ?
When I was let out the next morning, I proceeded to finish my errand, and, having put on my mended show, joined a huckleberry party, who were impatient to put themselves under my conduct; and in half an hour--for the horse was soon tackled--was in the midst of a huckleberry field, on one of our highest hills, two miles off, and then the State was nowhere to be seen.
intelligent, courte- ous, and in every way a brick, and fur- ther assisted by Sir Palamides the Sara- cen, who is no huckleberry hinself.
Miss Watson would say, "Don't put your feet up there, Huckleberry;" and "Don't scrunch up like that, Huckleberry -- set up straight;" and pretty soon she would say, "Don't gap and stretch like that, Huckleberry -- why don't you try to be- have?
Shortly Tom came upon the juvenile pariah of the village, Huckleberry Finn, son of the town drunkard.
Huckleberry, Milkweed, and Dandelion were attacked with the whooping cough, but bore it bravely, and kept out of doors whenever the sun shone.
I wish there were any likelihood of my soon seeing Primrose, Periwinkle, Dandelion, Sweet Fern, Clover Plantain, Huckleberry, Milkweed, Cowslip, Buttercup, Blue Eye, and Squash Blossom again.
He was invited to survey and lay out Skeeterville, a town which the children were getting up in a huckleberry pasture; and he found much amusement in planning little roads, staking off house-lots, attending to the water-works, and consulting with the "selectmen" about the best sites for public buildings; for Mac was a boy still, in spite of his fifteen years and his love of books.
I have watered the red huckleberry, the sand cherry and the nettle-tree, the red pine and the black ash, the white grape and the yellow violet, which might have withered else in dry seasons.
OK, maybe it's not a bad book; Ernest Hemingway did say that "all modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
Eidos will develop up to twelve games based on a number of individual characters in the classic Hanna-Barbera catalogue including Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, Wacky Races, Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound.
Using stuff from her own wooded property - twigs, huckleberry, salal, ocean spray, and the like - she studied up on the art of wreath-making and was soon selling them at street fairs.
The types of black characters Morrison examines include not only the more individuated ones of Jim in Twain's Huckleberry Finn or Nancy in Cather's Sapphira and the Slave Girl, but also the unnamed and anonymous figures who silently pilot the boats of Poe and Hemingway or serve tea in the drawing rooms of James and Hawthorne.