Definition of huckleberry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhəkəlˌberē/

noun (plural huckleberries)

1A small, round, edible blue-black berry related to the blueberry.
Example sentences
  • 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 shrub of the heath family that bears this fruit.
  • Genus Gaylussacia, family Ericaceae: several species, including the common black huckleberry (G. baccata)
Example sentences
  • 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 blueberry (though early evidence is lacking), from dialect huckle 'hip, haunch' (because of the plant's jointed stems).

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