from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deciduous North American shrub or small tree (Prunus virginiana) in the rose family, having elongate clusters of small white flowers and astringent, dark red to nearly black fruit.
  • n. The fruit of this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several American wild cherry trees, especially Prunus virginiana
  • n. The fruit of this plant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The astringent fruit of a species of wild cherry (Prunus Virginiana); also, the bush or tree which bears such fruit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular name of an American species of wild cherry, Prunus Virginiana, remarkable for the astringency of its fruit.
  • n. In mining, choke-damp; after-damp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the fruit of the chokecherry tree
  • n. a common wild cherry of eastern North America having small bitter black berries favored by birds


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From its bitter fruit.



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  • Somehow this word defines today, i'm literally feeling a chokecherry in my throat and I love saying it one two many times. Chokecherry, chokecherry … chokecherry!

    June 27, 2012

  • My Idaho family, since the mid-1800's, have yearly, in late summer and fall, collected the almost inedible bitter drupes of the chokecherry to boil down or juice to make delicious jellies and syrups. These locally produced preserves have in the last decade or so emerged from seasonally-produced pioneer staples into the local and wider tourist markets.

    March 15, 2011