Ground cherry
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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  • Ground cherry — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ground-cherry — ☆ ground cherry [ground′cher′ē ] n. any of a genus (Physalis) of plants of the nightshade family having small tomatolike fruits completely enclosed by a papery calyx * * * …   Universalium

  • ground-cherry — ☆ ground cherry [ground′cher′ē ] n. any of a genus (Physalis) of plants of the nightshade family having small tomatolike fruits completely enclosed by a papery calyx …   English World dictionary

  • ground cherry — krūminė vyšnia statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erškėtinių šeimos vaisinis augalas (Cerasus fruticosa), paplitęs vakarų Azijoje ir pietų Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cerasus fruticosa angl. European dwarf cherry; European ground cherry;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • ground-cherry — paprastoji dumplūnė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bulvinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, maistinis, vaisinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Physalis alkekengi), paplitęs Azijoje ir pietų Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Physalis alkekengi angl.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • ground cherry — noun any of numerous cosmopolitan annual or perennial herbs of the genus Physalis bearing edible fleshy berries enclosed in a bladderlike husk; some cultivated for their flowers • Syn: ↑husk tomato • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant • Hyponyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • ground-cherry — plaukuotoji dumplūnė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bulvinių šeimos vaisinis augalas (Physalis pubescens), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Physalis floridana; Physalis pubescens angl. downy ground cherry; ground… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • ground cherry — Alkekengi Al ke*ken gi, n. [Cf. F. alk[ e]kenge, Sp. alquequenje, ultimately fr. Ar. al k[=a]kanj a kind of resin from Herat.] (Bot.) An herbaceous plant of the nightshade family ({Physalis alkekengi}) and its fruit, which is a well flavored… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ground-cherry — dumplūnė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bulvinių (Solanaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Physalis). atitikmenys: lot. Physalis angl. bladder cherry; ground cherry; husk tomato; winter cherry vok. Blasenkirsche; Judenkirsche; Lampionpflanze;… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • ground-cherry — noun Date: 1807 any of various chiefly New World herbs (genus Physalis) of the nightshade family with pulpy fruits in papery husks; also the fruit of the ground cherry …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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