Prunus Cerasus
Cherry Cher"ry (ch[e^]r"r[y^]), n. [OE. chery, for cherys, fr. F. cerise (cf. AS. cyrs cherry), fr. LL. ceresia, fr. L. cerasus Cherry tree, Gr. keraso`s, perh. fr. ke`ras horn, from the hardness of the wood.] 1. (Bot.) A tree or shrub of the genus {Prunus} (Which also includes the plum) bearing a fleshy drupe with a bony stone; (a) The common garden cherry ({Prunus Cerasus}), of which several hundred varieties are cultivated for the fruit, some of which are, the begarreau, blackheart, black Tartarian, oxheart, morelle or morello, May-duke (corrupted from M['e]doc in France). (b) The wild cherry; as, {Prunus serotina} (wild black cherry), valued for its timber; {Prunus Virginiana} (choke cherry), an American shrub which bears astringent fruit; {Prunus avium} and {Prunus Padus}, European trees (bird cherry). [1913 Webster]

2. The fruit of the cherry tree, a drupe of various colors and flavors. [1913 Webster]

3. The timber of the cherry tree, esp. of the black cherry, used in cabinetmaking, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. A peculiar shade of red, like that of a cherry. [1913 Webster]

{Barbadoes cherry}. See under {Barbadoes}.

{Cherry bird} (Zo["o]l.), an American bird; the cedar bird; -- so called from its fondness for cherries.

{Cherry bounce}, cherry brandy and sugar.

{Cherry brandy}, brandy in which cherries have been steeped.

{Cherry laurel} (Bot.), an evergreen shrub ({Prunus Lauro-cerasus}) common in shrubberies, the poisonous leaves of which have a flavor like that of bitter almonds.

{Cherry pepper} (Bot.), a species of {Capsicum} ({Capsicum cerasiforme}), with small, scarlet, intensely piquant cherry-shaped fruit.

{Cherry pit}. (a) A child's play, in which cherries are thrown into a hole. --Shak. (b) A cherry stone.

{Cherry rum}, rum in which cherries have been steeped.

{Cherry sucker} (Zo["o]l.), the European spotted flycatcher ({Musicapa grisola}); -- called also {cherry chopper} {cherry snipe}.

{Cherry tree}, a tree that bears cherries.

{Ground cherry}, {Winter cherry}, See {Alkekengi}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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