choke·​cher·​ry | \ ˈchōk-ˌcher-ē How to pronounce chokecherry (audio) \

Definition of chokecherry

: a wild cherry (Prunus virginiana) of the U.S. and Canada having bitter or astringent red to black edible fruit also : this fruit

Examples of chokecherry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But with a group of our size, bears could hear us from miles away, and there was no chance of surprising a grizzly in the midst of a chokecherry feast. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 Also known as a chokecherry or Mayday tree, this is an invasive species that harms native wildlife and local vegetation. Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021 Most parts of the chokecherry shrub are toxic to humans and livestock. Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 This time, it’s Roy Corral’s image of a single yellow aspen leaf among purple chokecherry leaves. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2021 Fruiting cherries don’t like it here very much, but the escarpment black cherry and Canada red chokecherry are just terrific. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 19 Nov. 2020 The shelterbelt was a half-mile long and 50 yards wide, and there were cottonwoods, pine trees, elm and chokecherry bushes. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2020 Redbud and sweetgum, chokecherry and crabapple, hornbeam and plum. Marc Mcandrews, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Sep. 2020 Mango and lime pickles are commonly sold in the United States, but nothing escapes pickling in India: plums and hog plums, cherries and chokecherries, sprouted fenugreek seeds, bamboo shoots, fat gooseberries, hibiscus flowers and green walnuts. Tejal Rao, New York Times, 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of chokecherry

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chokecherry was in 1784

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“Chokecherry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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choke·​cher·​ry | \ ˈchōk-ˌcher-ē How to pronounce chokecherry (audio) \
plural chokecherries

Kids Definition of chokecherry

: a wild cherry tree with clusters of bitter reddish black fruits

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