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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 It’s infused with 72 percent black chokeberry too, an ingredient that works to stabilize the vitamin C and hydrates the skin. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, 9 Mar. 2018 For cancer patients, chemotherapy drugs have been shown to interact with herbal supplements including ginseng, echinacea and chokeberry juice. Amanda Macmillan, Time, 24 Jan. 2018 There were chokeberry shrubs, a native plant whose tart berries can be made into jam, as well as the familiar blackberries and blueberries. Karen Matthews, The Seattle Times, 5 Aug. 2017 There were chokeberry shrubs, a native plant whose tart berries can be made into jam, as well as the familiar blackberries and blueberries. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2017 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Chokeberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chokeberry. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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