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 Redbud and sweetgum, chokecherry and crabapple, hornbeam and plum. Marc Mcandrews, Smithsonian Magazine, "Can Scientists Stop the Plague of the Spotted Lanternfly?," 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, "India’s ‘Pickle Queen’ Preserves Everything, Including the Past," 6 Jan. 2020 The sweet aroma of simmering wojape, the Lakota chokecherry dish, time-warps me back to my 6-year-old self. New York Times, "Sean Sherman’s 10 Essential Native American Recipes," 7 Nov. 2019 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

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First Known Use of chokecherry

1784, in the meaning defined above

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3 Oct 2020

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“Chokecherry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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