huck·​le·​ber·​ry | \ ˈhə-kəl-ˌber-ē How to pronounce huckleberry (audio) \

Definition of huckleberry

1 : any of a genus (Gaylussacia) of American shrubs of the heath family also : the edible dark blue to black usually acid berry (especially of G. baccata) with 10 nutlets

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Recent Examples on the Web For instance, plants that grow in the shade of the forest – such as salal and evergreen huckleberry – don’t want the full-sun, prairie conditions required by camas and meadow checkerbloom. oregonlive, "When planning next year’s garden, turn to popular native plants," 6 Jan. 2020 Adventurers will forever remember rare moments with a small expedition, like watching a mama grizzly and her cub catching slippery pink Pack Creek salmon, or foraging Thomas Bay’s forests for sweet huckleberries to turn into pancake syrup onboard. Sunset Magazine, "Sail the Seas of the Inside Passage to Witness Seven Natural Wonders," 22 Jan. 2018 The scents of wild mushrooms, red huckleberry, calypso orchids, and sword ferns always evoke an Endor vibe. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Relieve Stress with Visits to These Fragrant Places, from Lavender Farms to Redwood Groves," 7 Jan. 2020 However, if you are bound and determined to have a rifle that will put almost anything on the planet down with authority, this is your huckleberry. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "10 of the Top Moose Cartridges and Bullets," 5 Sep. 2019 The ground around the tower is blanketed with heather, anemones, purple asters and huckleberry bushes. New York Times, "High in the Cascades, a Lone Fire Lookout Still Keeps Watch," 28 Sep. 2019 This can include dandelions and grasses, as well as blueberries, strawberries and huckleberries, depending on what’s in season. Jason Bittel, Washington Post, "Think you know what bunnies and bears eat? Their diets may surprise you.," 22 Sep. 2019 According to the Genesee County Parks website, the Huckleberry Railroad got its name because a person could jump off the train and pick some huckleberries while still being able to catch up to the locomotive. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "All aboard: Experience fall colors on these historic trains in Michigan," 11 Aug. 2019 Lake Zurich officials plan to work with volunteers and nonprofits to restore a walking trail within the park and remove invasive species, such as buckthorn and huckleberry, as well as add pollinator plants. Phil Rockrohr,, "New grant helps support project to create arboretum at Kuechmann Park in Lake Zurich," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of huckleberry

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for huckleberry

perhaps alteration of hurtleberry huckleberry

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The first known use of huckleberry was in 1670

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18 Feb 2020

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“Huckleberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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huck·​le·​ber·​ry | \ ˈhə-kəl-ˌber-ē How to pronounce huckleberry (audio) \
plural huckleberries

Kids Definition of huckleberry

: a dark edible berry like a blueberry but with hard rather large seeds

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