Definitions for: Cherry

[n] a red the color of ripe cherries
[n] fruit with a single hard stone
[n] any of numerous trees and shrubs producing a small fleshy round fruit with a single hard stone; many also produce a valuable hardwood
[n] wood of any of various cherry trees especially the black cherry
[adj] having any of numerous bright or strong colors reminiscent of the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies

Webster (1913) Definition: Cher"ry, n. [OE. chery, for cherys, fr. F. cerise (cf.
AS. cyrs cherry), fr. LL. ceresia, fr. L. cerasus Cherry
tree, Gr. ?, perh. fr. ? horn, from the hardness of the
1. (Bot.) A tree or shrub of the genus Prunus (Which also
includes the plum) bearing a fleshy drupe with a bony
(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; P. Virginiana (choke
cherry), an American shrub which bears astringent
fruit; P. avium and P. Padus, European trees (bird

2. The fruit of the cherry tree, a drupe of various colors
and flavors.

3. The timber of the cherry tree, esp. of the black cherry,
used in cabinetmaking, etc.

4. A peculiar shade of red, like that of a cherry.

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 ({C.
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.

Cher"ry (ch[e^]r"r[y^]), a.
Like a red cherry in color; ruddy; blooming; as, a cherry
lip; cherry cheeks.

Synonyms: blood-red, carmine, cerise, cerise, cherry red, cherry tree, cherry-red, chromatic, crimson, red, reddish, ruby, ruby-red, ruddy, scarlet

See Also: black cherry, capulin, capulin, capulin tree, Catalina cherry, cherry, cherry, cherry tree, chokecherry, chokecherry tree, drupe, edible fruit, flowering cherry, fruit tree, genus Prunus, Mexican black cherry, Prunus, Prunus avium, Prunus capuli, Prunus cerasus, Prunus lyonii, Prunus virginiana, red, redness, sour cherry, sour cherry, sour cherry tree, stone fruit, sweet cherry, sweet cherry, wild cherry, wild cherry tree, wood

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