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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]
huck•le•ber•ry(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]
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|Noun||1.||huckleberry - any of various dark-fruited as distinguished from blue-fruited 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
|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