Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shrub (Amelanchier alnifolia) of northwest North America, having white flowers and edible dark purple fruit.
  • n. The fruit of this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shrub inhabiting western North America, Amelanchier alnifolia.
  • n. The edible berry of this shrub.

Etymologies

From Cree misaaskwatoomin, saskatoon berry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Cree ᒥᓵᐢᑲᐧᑑᒥᐣ (misa˙skwato˙min, "saskatoon berry"), from ᒥᓵᐢᑲᐧᐟ (misâskwat, "saskatoon") + -min ("berry"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There's a neat little place called saskatoon berry

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  • There may be many local or regional exceptions, such as saskatoon itself: if it were not also the name of a city, it is doubtful whether the word would be often heard outside the berry's prairie habitat.

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  • August 6, 2008 at 6:32 pm saskatoon topppa da mark uvver places v…

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  • Avril, i love both ur c.ds and i have all ur posters and u have the most beautiful voice! ur so fucken awsome! i dont know why some people hate u, guess it because u got it all! i love u Avie, plz come to saskatoon saskatchewan, i want to see u in concert! i love u! rock out!

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  • You may not have been aware that the saskatoon is to berries as the Cohiba is to cigars.

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  • It was a dried spray of the blossoms of the saskatoon.

    The Maid of the Whispering Hills

  • As he moved away, free of step and straight as an Indian, he filliped away a small budding twig of the saskatoon which one of the youths had brought in to show how the woods were answering the call of the warm sun, and which he had dandled in his fingers as he walked.

    The Maid of the Whispering Hills

  • He had twirled in his fingers the first little spray of the saskatoon, brought in by Henri Corlier to show how the woods were answering the call of the spring.

    The Maid of the Whispering Hills

  • Berries of the saskatoon were ripening and falling;

    Trail-Makers

  • But before Tommy could decide between an automobile and an Irish mail, the goldfinches had crossed the river and were fluttering over the purple branches of the leafless saskatoon bushes, which bordered the stream.

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  • That's a good question. The OED gives the etymology of saskatoon as being from the Cree words "misâskwatomin" (the shrub) (for which it cites Lacombe, Dictionarie de la langue des Cris), and "misâskwat" (the berry).

    The OED (at least the online version) does not list "Saskatchewan" (probably because it's proper?), but is clearly a Canadian/Native Canadian place name. One might surmise that both terms at least came from a similar root language, if not that one term came from the other. And there endeth my minimal knowledge, so if someone else knows, have at it!

    February 6, 2007

  • Is this word related to Saskatchewan?

    February 6, 2007

  • Canadian name of the shrub or small tree Amelanchier canadensis (var. alnifolia), and its fruit, also called June-berry, shad-berry, and service-berry.

    February 5, 2007