saskatoon

noun

sas·​ka·​toon ˌsa-skə-ˈtün How to pronounce saskatoon (audio)
1
: serviceberry sense 2
especially : a serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) chiefly of the northwestern U.S. and western Canada
2
: the fruit of a saskatoon

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Fab Five feasted on plants gathered in season from the wild — skunk cabbage, saskatoon berries and dandelions — plus fish, moose and deer. New York Times, 23 July 2021

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Word History

Etymology

modification of Cree misa·skwato·min serviceberry fruit

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of saskatoon was in 1810

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Cite this Entry

“Saskatoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saskatoon. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Geographical Definition

Saskatoon

geographical name

Sas·​ka·​toon ˌsa-skə-ˈtün How to pronounce Saskatoon (audio)
city in central Saskatchewan, Canada, on the South Saskatchewan River population 222,189

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