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

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Part of the Parley Vue Rosé series, this not-too-sweet sipper has notes of strawberry, chokecherry, cranberry and watermelon rind. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Minnesota State Fair announces new beers, drinks for this year," 29 July 2019 Classmates planted a chokecherry tree in memory of their friend. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Jonelle Matthews investigation: Chronicling the 34-year search for missing Greeley 12-year-old," 26 July 2019 Two unique trees that grow a little larger and like more sunlight include Canadian red chokecherry, Persian ironwood and paperbark maple. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Not big on big trees? These little ones grow well in sun and shade," 9 July 2019 Some are barely edible, such as wild black cherry, whose wood makes wonderful lumber, and chokecherry. Washington Post, "There are many types of sweet or tart cherries you can grow," 2 July 2019 Like all the chokecherries in Alaska, this one has been imported to this spot. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "What it’s like to run circles for 24 hours around the land of no night," 9 June 2018 The Careless Whisper echoes a Sazerac with its rye and absinthe lethality camouflaged by chokecherry liqueur, while the Delicious #7 is the requisite mezcal proffer, its vegetal bite softened by applejack and herbal Benedictine. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Old Habits is bar food reborn," 20 Apr. 2018 The group of more than 100 volunteers planted 75 junipers, chokecherries and St. John Wort bushes recently. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Friends of Marquette Park improve statue grounds," 23 May 2017 By the time Sherry got there for breakfast, which was every Sunday morning, the house smelled of fresh sourdough, pancakes browning in butter and hot chokecherry syrup. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "The Secret That Brings These Pancakes to Life," 16 Mar. 2017

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1784, in the meaning defined above

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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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