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- ‘Clustered among the turning leaves were bilberries, cranberries, bog whortleberries, cloudberries and a dozen others, edible and poisonous.’
- ‘Vaccinium myrtillus is a member of the Ericaceae family, and is also known as European blueberry, huckleberry, whortleberry, or blueberry.’
- ‘On overcast afternoons, all alone in the drizzle, my mother, carrying a basket (stained blue on the inside by somebody's whortleberries), would set out on a long collecting tour.’
- ‘The most popular plant worn as a clan emblem was the red whortleberry.’
- ‘Think of David Bellamy, a man only complete when rummaging among beetles and whortleberries, and who encases his head in a tangled, bushy forest.’
Late 16th century: dialect variant of Middle English hurtleberry, of unknown origin.
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