huckleberry

[huhk-uhl-ber-ee]
noun, plural huckleberries.
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.
3.
blueberry ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1660–70, Americanism; perhaps alteration of hurtleberry

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

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huckleberry
1670, Amer.Eng., probably an alteration of M.E. hurtilbery "whortleberry," from O.E. horte. Technically the fruit and plant of Gaylussacia, but also colloquially applied to the closely related blueberry. Slang meaning "person of little consequence" is attested from 1835.
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Example sentences
Evergreen huckleberry is an elegant, much-branched, evergreen shrub with attractive leaves.
The meal includes eggs, ham, potatoes and pancakes served with huckleberry syrup.
Huckleberry picking can be enjoyed as a solitary experience or as a group activity for the entire family.
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