noun Etymology: alteration of earlier hurtleberry, from Middle English hurtilberye, irregular from Old English horte whortleberry + Middle English berye berry Date: 1578 1. bilberry 2. blueberry

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  • Whortleberry — Whor tle*ber ry, n. [AS. wyrtil a small shrub (dim. of wyrt wort) + E. berry. See {Wort}, and cf. {Huckleberry}, {Hurtleberry}.] (Bot.) (a) In England, the fruit of {Vaccinium Myrtillus}; also, the plant itself. See {Bilberry}, 1. (b) The fruit… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whortleberry — 1570s, southwestern England variant of hurtleberry (see HUCKLEBERRY (Cf. huckleberry)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • whortleberry — [hwʉrt′ l ber΄ē] n. pl. whortleberries [< SW Brit dial. form of earlier HURTLEBERRY] 1. a) either of two European blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus or V. uliginosum) having pink flowers and blue or blackish edible berries with a powdery bloom… …   English World dictionary

  • whortleberry — /ˈwɜtlbəri/ (say wertlbuhree), / bri/ (say bree) noun (plural whortleberries) 1. a small Eurasian shrub, Vaccinium myrtillus, having greenish pink flowers and bearing blackish edible fruits. 2. the fruit of this plant. Also, British, huckleberry …   Australian English dictionary

  • whortleberry — paprastoji mėlynė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erikinių šeimos dažinis, maistinis, vaisinis, vaistinis, medingas augalas (Vaccinium myrtillus), paplitęs Europoje, Azijoje ir Šiaurės Amerikoje. Naudojamas gėrimams gaminti. atitikmenys:… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • whortleberry — vaivoras statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erikinių (Ericaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Vaccinium). atitikmenys: lot. Vaccinium angl. blueberry; whortleberry vok. Heidelbeere rus. брусника; голубика; черника lenk. borówka …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • whortleberry — /hwerr tl ber ee, werr /, n., pl. whortleberries. 1. the edible black berry of a Eurasian shrub, Vaccinium myrtillus, of the heath family. 2. the shrub itself. Also, hurtleberry. [1570 80; dial. var. of HURTLEBERRY] * * * …   Universalium

  • whortleberry — noun a) any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Vaccinium b) the berry of one of these shrubs Syn: bilberry …   Wiktionary

  • whortleberry —   …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • whortleberry — whor·tle·ber·ry || hwÉ”rtl‚berɪ / wɜː n. type of blackberry; blueberry …   English contemporary dictionary

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