huckleberry 1660s, Amer.Eng., probably an alteration of M.E. hurtilbery "whortleberry" (15c.), from O.E. horte "whortleberry." Technically the fruit and plant of Gaylussacia, but also widely colloquially applied to the closely related blueberry (Vaccinium). Slang meaning "person of little consequence" is attested from 1835.

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(Vaccinium resinosum)

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  • huckleberry — UK [ˈhʌk(ə)lb(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈhʌk(ə)lˌberɪ] noun [countable] Word forms huckleberry : singular huckleberry plural huckleberries a small purple fruit that grows on bushes in North America …   English dictionary

  • huckleberry — noun Etymology: perhaps alteration of hurtleberry huckleberry Date: 1670 1. 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 2.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • huckleberry — noun (plural huckleberries) 1》 a soft edible blue black fruit resembling a currant. 2》 the low growing North American plant of the heath family which bears the huckleberry. [Genus Gaylussacia.] Origin C16: prob. orig. a dialect name for the… …   English new terms dictionary

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