Definition of chokeberry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHōkˌberē/

noun (plural chokeberries)

1A North American shrub of the rose family, with white flowers and red autumn foliage, cultivated as an ornamental.
  • Genus Aronia, family Rosaceae: several species, especially the red chokeberry (A. arbutifolia), purple chokeberry (A. floribunda), and black chokeberry (A. melanocarpa), each named for the color of its fruits.
Example sentences
  • Other shrubs with showy berries include viburnum species, firethorn, Aucuba japonica, barberry, cotoneaster, chokeberry and Skimmia japonica.
  • These included such hardy species as red chokeberry, buttonbush, spicebush and red twig dogwood.
  • Shrubs - witch hazel, chokeberry, hydrangea, blueberry, sumac - added to the strange verisimilitude.
1.1The berrylike fruit of the chokeberry plant, which is bitter and unpalatable.

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Syllabification: choke·ber·ry

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