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 (wûrt′l-bĕr′ē, hwûrt′-)
1. Any of various deciduous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium of the heath family having edible blue, black, or red berries, especially the bilberry.
2. The fruit of any of these plants.

[Dialectal variant of hurtleberry, from Middle English hurtilbery, ultimately from Old English *horte, whortleberry (attested in pl. hortan).]


(ˈwɜːtəlˌbɛrɪ) or


n, pl -ries
1. (Plants) Also called : huckleberry, hurt (dialect) or whort a small Eurasian ericaceous shrub, Vaccinium myrtillus, greenish-pink flowers and edible sweet blackish berries
2. (Cookery) the fruit of this shrub
3. (Plants) bog whortleberry a related plant, V. uliginosum, of mountain regions, having pink flowers and black fruits
[C16: southwestern English dialect form of hurtleberry; of unknown origin]


(ˈbɪlˌbɛr i, -bə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. a low-growing blueberry shrub, Vaccinium myrtillus, common on heaths of Great Britain and N Europe.
2. its blue-black berry.
Also called whortleberry.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whortleberry - erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue-black berrieswhortleberry - erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue-black berries
European blueberry, whortleberry, bilberry - blue-black berries similar to American blueberries
blueberry, blueberry bush - any of numerous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium bearing blueberries
2.whortleberry - blue-black berries similar to American blueberrieswhortleberry - blue-black berries similar to American blueberries
berry - any of numerous small and pulpy edible fruits; used as desserts or in making jams and jellies and preserves
bilberry, blaeberry, Viccinium myrtillus, whinberry, whortleberry - erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue-black berries


[ˈwɜːtlˌbərɪ] Narándano m


nHeidelbeere f, → Blaubeere f (dial)
References in classic literature ?
There is likewise an undergrowth of aromatic shrubs, creepers, and clambering vines, that render the forests almost impenetrable; together with berries of various kinds, such as gooseberries, strawberries, raspberries, both red and yellow, very large and finely flavored whortleberries, cranberries, serviceberries, blackberries, currants, sloes, and wild and choke cherries.
Bilberries, known as jagody in Poland, fraughan in Ireland, and whortleberries or blaeberries in the United Kingdom, grow wild across northern Europe, where they're used in summer desserts, folk remedies, and natural dyeing.
The forest is home to numerous animals, such as the brown bear, the deer, the wild boar, various species of vultures, reptiles, butterflies, and is also rich in forest fruits, such as raspberries, blackberries, wild pears and whortleberries, as well as mushrooms and tea herbs.