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

Examples of huckleberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For dessert, the couple chose a huckleberry lavender cake by Kelly Gray Cakes and a dessert bar. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 26 Aug. 2023 The site is very private and being in the forest, there is a lot of screening from the native understory plants—huckleberry, wild rhododendrons, wax myrtle, and sword ferns. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 30 Aug. 2023 Montana: Huckleberry Ice Cream at Big Dipper Ice Cream Aside from the hit show Yellowstone, the state of Montana is known for its huckleberries. Blake Bakkila, Sunset Magazine, 14 July 2023 Billboards touted huckleberry shakes and jam, huckleberry fudge and muffins. Noah Davis, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 July 2023 Important summertime food sources include cow-parsnip, soapberries, huckleberries, and blueberries. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 13 July 2023 Raspberries or huckleberries would be delightful here. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, 11 July 2023 That is immediately obvious the moment true huckleberries touch your tongue. Noah Davis, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 July 2023 Glaciers are still slowly sliding down the volcanoes that formed these mountains, the snowmelt creating lush alpine meadows, fragrant huckleberry fields, and open slopes where deer of both varieties spend their summers. Andrew McKean, Outdoor Life, 14 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History


perhaps alteration of hurtleberry huckleberry

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of huckleberry was in 1670

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“Huckleberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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huck·​le·​ber·​ry ˈhək-əl-ˌber-ē How to pronounce huckleberry (audio)
: an American shrub related to the blueberry
also : its edible dark blue to black usually acid berry

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