purple choke-berry

purple chokeberry

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[chohk-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
noun, plural chokeberries.
the berrylike fruit of any North American shrub of the genus Aronia, of the rose family, especially A. arbutifolia (red chokeberry) A. melanocarpa (black chokeberry) or A. prunifolia (purple chokeberry)
the plant that bears this fruit.

1770–80, Americanism; choke + berry

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chokeberry (ˈtʃəʊkbərɪ, -brɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  any of various North American rosaceous shrubs of the genus Aronia
2.  the red or purple bitter fruit of any of these shrubs

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