Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various deciduous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium of the heath family having edible blue, black, or red berries, especially the bilberry.
  • noun The fruit of any of these plants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shrub, Vaceinium Myrtillus, or its fruit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun In England, the fruit of Vaccinium Myrtillus; also, the plant itself. See bilberry, 1.
  • noun The fruit of several shrubby plants of the genus Gaylussacia; also, any one of these plants. See huckleberry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Vaccinium.
  • noun A berry of one of these shrubs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue-black berries
  • noun blue-black berries similar to American blueberries

Etymologies

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

[Dialectal variant of hurtleberry, from Middle English hurtilbery, ultimately from Old English *horte, whortleberry (attested in pl. hortan).]

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whortle +‎ berry

Examples

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  • Erect blueberries. Nice.

    November 4, 2007

  • Wow, "erect European blueberry", hilarious.

    November 4, 2007

  • I wouldn't have anything to do with a flaccid European blueberry, would you?

    So this is a real word?

    November 11, 2007

  • This word is so funny, it could be named chortleberry.

    November 11, 2007

  • SoG, you actually want us to answer that?

    November 11, 2007