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

  • n. Either of two deciduous shrubs, Vaccinium myrtillus, of Eurasia, or V. corymbosum, of eastern North America, having edible blackish berries.
  • n. The fruit of either of these plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Dialectal variant of hurtleberry, from Middle English hurtilberi : perhaps alteration of hurt, an azure-colored ball (from Old French heurte) + berye, beri, berry; see berry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
whortle +‎ berry (Wiktionary)



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