Cherry bird
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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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cherry bounce — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cherry brandy — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cherry chopper — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cherry laurel — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cherry pepper — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cherry pit — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cherry rum — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cherry snipe — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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