whor·​tle·​ber·​ry ˈ(h)wər-tᵊl-ˌber-ē How to pronounce whortleberry (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These delicacies—wild-cherry-and-rhubarb pasties, plump whortleberry pies, potato-and-mushroom turnovers—make an appearance at every feast, and in every traveller’s knapsack. Ruby Tandoh, The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2021 Menu selections aboard one Victoria Luise cruise included beef broth with farina dumplings and roast duck and whortleberry soup. Daryl Austin, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 July 2021

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Word History


alteration of earlier hurtleberry, from Middle English hurtilberye, irregular from Old English horte whortleberry + Middle English berye berry

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of whortleberry was in 1578

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“Whortleberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whortleberry. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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