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[chek-er-ber-ee] /ˈtʃɛk ərˌbɛr i/
noun, plural checkerberries.
the red fruit of the American wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens.
the plant itself.
any of several other plants bearing similar fruit, or the fruit itself.
Origin of checkerberry
1770-80, Americanism; perhaps so named from its appearance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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


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