Definition of whortleberry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwəːt(ə)lˌb(ə)ri/
Pronunciation: /wəːt(ə)lˌˈbɛri/

noun (plural whortleberries)

A bilberry.
Example sentences
  • Clustered among the turning leaves were bilberries, cranberries, bog whortleberries, cloudberries and a dozen others, edible and poisonous.
  • On overcast afternoons, all alone in the drizzle, my mother, carrying a basket (stained blue on the inside by somebody's whortleberries), would set out on a long collecting tour.
  • The most popular plant worn as a clan emblem was the red whortleberry.


Late 16th century: dialect variant of Middle English hurtleberry, of unknown origin.

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