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whortleberry

[hwur-tl-ber-ee, wur-] /ˈʰwɜr tlˌbɛr i, ˈwɜr-/
noun, plural whortleberries.
1.
the edible black berry of a Eurasian shrub, Vaccinium myrtillus, of the heath family.
2.
the shrub itself.
Also, hurtleberry.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; dialectal variant of hurtleberry
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British Dictionary definitions for whortleberry

whortleberry

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

1570s, southwestern England variant of hurtleberry (see huckleberry).

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