whortleberry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n whortleberry blue-black berries similar to American blueberries
    • n whortleberry erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue-black berries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Whortleberry (Bot) In England, the fruit of Vaccinium Myrtillus; also, the plant itself. See Bilberry, 1.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whortleberry A shrub, Vaceinium Myrtillus, or its fruit. It is a low bush with numerous angled branches, and glaucous blackish berries which are edible. It grows in Europe, in Siberia, and in America from Colorado to Alaska. The name is extended to many other vacciniums bearing similar fruit. See huckleberry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Whortleberry hwor′tl-ber-i a widely-spread health plant with a purple edible berry, called also the Bilberry—in Scotland, Blaeberry—sometimes abbrev. Whort.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. wyrtil, a small shrub (dim. of wyrt, wort) + E. berry,. See Wort, and cf. Huckleberry Hurtleberry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wyrtil, a shrub (Ger. wurzel, root), dim. of wyrt, root, and berie, berry; confused rather than conn. with A.S. heort berge, berry of the buckthorn.

Usage

In literature:

For supper, seal-steak, with whortleberry jam, cheese, bread, butter, and coffee.
"The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2" by Roald Amundsen
Whortleberries are good both in flour and Indian puddings.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
He then took one grain of corn, also one of whortleberry, and put them in the pot.
"The Indian Fairy Book" by Cornelius Mathews
He then gave them, in a birch bark dish, some boiled wild rice, seasoned with dry whortleberries.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Each day the air grew warmer, and they could pick as they walked any quantity of raspberries and whortleberries.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Now and again she stopped to pick and eat whortleberries from the massed bushes beneath the trees.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Here now are whortleberries, ripe and black, growing actually within reach of my hand, yet unseen till this moment.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866" by Various
In summer, we will gather strawberries in yonder fields, or whortleberries from the adjacent shrubbery.
"Alonzo and Melissa" by Daniel Jackson, Jr.
I tell you what it is, reader, there is sport in picking whortleberries.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 5. May 1848" by Various
The baked sweet apple and whortleberry seem to be least objectionable.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
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In news:

It was a crystal clear April morning as I slid my Raddison into Whortleberry Pond three miles from where I had muscled it off the truck and slung it over my shoulders.
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