choke·​cher·​ry ˈchōk-ˌcher-ē How to pronounce chokecherry (audio)
: a wild cherry (Prunus virginiana) of the U.S. and Canada having bitter or astringent red to black edible fruit
also : this fruit

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The treetops high above formed a roof of sorts that broke up the snowfall, and a wall of chokecherry bushes made for a windbreak. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 In addition to oaks, other trees that top the list include American plum, black cherry, chokecherry, river birch, sweet birch, bitternut hickory and Eastern white pine. Jennifer Rude Klett, Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2022 The ingredient list includes wild chokecherry and organic aloe vera to provide healing protection to the skin. Olivia O'bryon, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Digesting of chokecherry seeds, leaves, twigs, and bark by enzymes in the stomach releases cyanide. Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Instead, Wahpepah said she’s become known for her Indiginous teas, such as wild plum-chokecherry, hibiscus and elderberry sweetened with maple. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2021 To get the fall color of burning bush without the ecological destruction, go with chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) instead. Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 6 Feb. 2023.

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choke·​cher·​ry ˈchōk-ˌcher-ē How to pronounce chokecherry (audio)
: a wild cherry of the U.S. and Canada with a bitter fruit that is nearly black when ripe
also : this fruit

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