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crackleberry (plural crackleberries)

  1. (US, dialectal) The high-bush huckleberry, Gaylussacia baccata, native to eastern North America, or the fruit of this shrub
    • 1945, John Moore, Indian Paul:
      All the crackleberries had spilled out on the floor.
  2. (fantasy) An imaginary shrub, or the fruit of this shrub
    • 1997, Jack Vance, The Demon Princes: The Face, page 86:
      Four tall pointane trees, each a perfect teardrop, stood surrounded by a low hedge of russet crackleberry.
    • 2005, Charles Coleman Finlay, The Prodigal Troll[1], page 25:
      Either the sorcerer's magic, or the filthy moat, or the crackleberries — or all three — had turned his guts to slush and wrung out his bowels.


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