Definition of checkerberry in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɛkəbɛri

noun (plural checkerberries)

  • 1A creeping evergreen North American shrub of the heather family, with spiny scented leaves and waxy white flowers. Also called wintergreen.
    • Gaultheria procumbens, family Ericaceae
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    • When this constant lover returned he brought an offering of late May-flowers and bright checkerberries held clumsily in his big hand, and gave them to the only woman he had ever loved.
    • The leaves and flowers of Eastern teaberry (also known as checkerberry, boxberry, partridge berry, wintergreen berry, teaberry and mountain tea) have a mildly perfume scented aroma.
    • Further north you have service berries or juneberries in the wet woodlands; bearberries on the moors and heaths, checkerberries or wintergreen in the woods and moors, and cranberries in the boggy heaths, which has berries that remain on the plant throughout winter.
  • 1.1The edible red fruit of the checkerberry plant.
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    • These little people, quite recovered from their fatigue, had set about gathering checkerberries, and now came clambering to meet their play-fellows.
    • Because checkerberry was once popular for making a tea, another name for it is eastern teaberry.
    • She and her younger sister Annie were allowed one April day, by their mother, to go into the woods just before school hours, to gather checkerberries.


late 18th century: from checkers or chequers 'berries of the service tree' (so named from their colour) + berry.

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