noun (plural huckleberries)
1A soft edible blue-black fruit resembling a currant.
- These include berries, especially huckleberries, fruits, nuts, bulbs, and tubers.
- We have feasted not only on blackberries but also on huckleberries, plums, apples, lamb's quarters, and dandelions.
- In a saucepan, combine the huckleberries, elderfloxver syrup, and lemon juice.
2The low-growing North American plant of the heather family which bears the huckleberry.
- Genus Gaylussacia, family Ericaceae
- Drought-tolerant shrubs range from manzanita, cotoneaster and rockrose to toyon, huckleberry and other varieties of ceanothus.
- Recently, volunteer crews dug up a variety of forest plants including huckleberry, sword fern, deer fern and maple vine from the low elevation filtration site.
- It was a wilderness of cathedral-like redwoods, of ferns and huckleberries, oaks and stately firs, and a myriad of flowers and wildlife.
Late 16th century: probably originally a dialect name for the bilberry, from dialect huckle 'hip, haunch' (because of the plant's jointed stems).
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