American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various New World shrubs of the genus Gaylussacia, related to the blueberries and bearing edible fruit.
- n. The glossy, blackish, many-seeded berry of these plants.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name for the different species of Gaylussacia, and for some of the species of Vaccinium, belonging to the natural order Vacciniaceæ, as also for their fruit. The name is properly restricted to the species of Gaylussacia. They are shrubs with either evergreen or deciduous alternate leaves, commonly glandular or resin-bearing; flowers in lateral racemes, from separate scaly buds, with tubular reddish- or greenish-white corolla; calyx-tube adnate to the ovary, which in fruit becomes drupaceous, crowned with the calyx-lobes, 10-celled, with 10 seed-like nutlets. G. resinosa is the common high-bush huckleberry or black huckleberry of the markets; G. frondosa is the bluetangle or blue huckleberry; G. ursina of North and South Carolina is the bear-huckleberry. For the huckleberries of the genus Vaccinium, see
blueberry, their more appropriate name. V. corymbosum is also called the blue huckleberry, and V. Pennsylvanicum the sugar-huckleberry or low-bush huckleberry. Also called whortleberry, hurtleberry.
- n. Gaylussacia hirtella, a true huckleberry, related to the dwarf huckleberry, but with the young parts and even the fruit hispid. It is found along the lower Atlantic and the Gulf coasts of the United States.
- n. A small round fruit of a dark blue or red color of several plants in the related genera Vaccinium and Gaylussacia.
- n. A shrub growing this fruit.
- n. idiomatic A small amount, as in the phrase huckleberry above a persimmon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The edible black or dark blue fruit of several species of the American genus Gaylussacia, shrubs nearly related to the blueberries (Vaccinium), and formerly confused with them. The commonest huckelberry comes from Gaylussacia resinosa.
- n. The shrub that bears the berries. Called also whortleberry.
- n. blue-black berry similar to blueberries and bilberries of the eastern United States
- n. any of several shrubs of the genus Gaylussacia bearing small berries resembling blueberries
- n. any of various dark-fruited as distinguished from blue-fruited blueberries
- Probably alteration of hurtleberry, whortleberry; see whortleberry. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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