chokecherry

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

choke·cher·ry

noun \ˈchōk-ˌcher-ē\

Definition of CHOKECHERRY

:  a wild cherry (Prunus virginiana) of the United States and Canada having bitter or astringent red to black edible fruit; also :  this fruit

First Known Use of CHOKECHERRY

1784

chokecherry

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

One of several varieties of shrub or small tree (Prunus virginiana) of the rose family, native to North America. Though it is aptly named for the astringent, acidic taste of its reddish cherries, its fruit may be made into jelly and preserves. The stones and wilted foliage are poisonous. The trees often form dense thickets on moist soils. They are frequently attacked and defoliated by eastern tent caterpillars. Foul-scented white flowers are produced in hanging spikes, and the slender brown twigs also have an unpleasant odour and a bitter taste.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: choke coil
Previous Word in the Dictionary: choke chain
All Words Near: chokecherry

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up chokecherry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More