chokeberry

noun

choke·​ber·​ry ˈchōk-ˌber-ē How to pronounce chokeberry (audio)
: a small berrylike astringent fruit
also : any of a genus (Aronia) of North American shrubs of the rose family bearing chokeberries

Examples of chokeberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aronia berry, also known as chokeberry, is one candidate. Zoë Schlanger, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2024 By Josie Taris, The Aspen Times What’s a chokeberry shrub in comparison to half an Italian sub? The Aspen Times, The Denver Post, 16 Feb. 2024 As part of the class’ seed-to-table program, the youngsters will care for the 30 plum, pawpaw, persimmon and chokeberry trees, harvest their fruit and use the fruit in a salad, for a snack or perhaps to bake a pie. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 13 Apr. 2023 Red Lake Ojibwe sell mail-order wild rice and chokeberry jam. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Feb. 2021 Felimon Chairez, 53, a field worker at McKay Nurseries, grades and counts black chokeberry shrubs Jan. 20 in Waterloo, Wis. NBC News, 2 Feb. 2022 Norris often leans on chokeberry, leadplant, red osier dogwood, and small junipers in his garden. Johanna Silver, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Sep. 2021 The chokeberry is another useful native plant for a full planting bed in wet areas. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 The black chokeberry Viking greets the spring with white, apple-like blossoms, black fruit and red fall coloration. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1778, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chokeberry was in 1778

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“Chokeberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chokeberry. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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