Definition of chokeberry in US English:

chokeberry

nounPlural chokeberries

  • 1A North American shrub of the rose family, with white flowers and red autumn foliage, cultivated as an ornamental.

    Genus Aronia, family Rosaceae: several species, especially the red chokeberry (A. arbutifolia), purple chokeberry (A. floribunda), and black chokeberry (A. melanocarpa), each named for the color of its fruits

    • ‘Other shrubs with showy berries include viburnum species, firethorn, Aucuba japonica, barberry, cotoneaster, chokeberry and Skimmia japonica.’
    • ‘These included such hardy species as red chokeberry, buttonbush, spicebush and red twig dogwood.’
    • ‘Shrubs - witch hazel, chokeberry, hydrangea, blueberry, sumac - added to the strange verisimilitude.’
    • ‘Although we did not measure stem heights in our study, we have observed that red chokeberry is often taller than black chokeberry at this site.’
    • ‘Plant lower-growing, berry-laden shrubs, such as winterberry and chokeberry, as a bridge from the trees to ground covers.’
    1. 1.1 The bitter scarlet berrylike fruit of the chokeberry.

Pronunciation

chokeberry

/ˈCHōkˌberē/