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

  • n. A shrub or small tree (Vaccinium arboreum) of the southeast United States, having hard black berries. Also called sparkleberry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A species of Vaccinium (Vaccinium arboreum) native to the southeastern United States, from southern Virginia west to southeastern Missouri, and south to Florida and eastern Texas; taking the form of a shrub (rarely a small tree) growing to 3-5 m (rarely 9 m) tall.
  • n. A berry from a shrub of this species.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Vaccinium arboreum, a shrub or small tree of the southern United States, bearing a small, black, many-seeded berry, with a dry and rather astringent pulp. The wood is hard and very close-grained, and is used to some extent in turning.

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

  • n. shrub or small tree of eastern United States having black inedible berries


farkle (of unknown origin) + berry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Then there is the farkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum); I wish I had one.



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  • Hmm... doesn't sound all that lingonberryesque to me. "black and inedible" ≠ "red and delicious".

    January 22, 2009