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checkerberry

[chek-er-ber-ee] /ˈtʃɛk ərˌbɛr i/
noun, plural checkerberries.
1.
the red fruit of the American wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens.
2.
the plant itself.
3.
any of several other plants bearing similar fruit, or the fruit itself.
Origin of checkerberry
1770-1780
1770-80, Americanism; perhaps so named from its appearance
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  • The bee discovers the pale pendent blossoms of the checkerberry under the leaves and almost prone upon the ground.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • "checkerberry cordial is what you want, Miss Margaret," she said.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • Ground pine and "checkerberry" grew abundantly in the grove.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • The Wintergreen, or checkerberry, used for flavoring, belongs to this genus.

  • Mrs. Pike was not near, would give him a checkerberry lozenge.

    Nautilus Laura E. Richards
  • The checkerberry's spicy flavor permeates leaves, stem and fruit.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • Both boys breathed deep of the piney fragrance and filled their mouths with pungent "checkerberry" leaves.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • There's a powerful lot of them in the woods, like sassafras root and checkerberry and things like that.

  • He was very hungry but found a spring of 50 sweet water and some checkerberry leaves, and, thus refreshed, continued his flight.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • Essence of peppermint and of checkerberry, for example, are favorite tipples.

British Dictionary definitions for checkerberry

checkerberry

/ˈtʃɛkəbərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
the fruit of any of various plants, esp the wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
2.
any plant bearing this fruit
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