Cherry, 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.].
A tree or shrub of the genus Prunus (Which also includes the plum) bearing a fleshy drupe with a bony stone; [1913 Webster]
The fruit of the cherry tree, a drupe of various colors and flavors. [1913 Webster]
The timber of the cherry tree, esp. of the black cherry, used in cabinetmaking, etc. [1913 Webster]
A peculiar shade of red, like that of a cherry. [1913 Webster]
. See under Barbadoes.
-- Cherry bird (Zoöl.)
, 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 (Zoöl.)
, 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.
Like a red cherry in color; ruddy; blooming; as, a cherry lip; cherry cheeks. [1913 Webster]
Cherry, n. & adj.
--n. (pl. -ies)
1 a a small soft round stone-fruit. b any of several trees of the genus Prunus bearing this or grown for its ornamental flowers.
2 (in full cherry wood) the wood of a cherry.
3 US sl. a virginity. b a virgin.
--adj. of a light red colour.
cherry brandy a dark-red liqueur of brandy in which cherries have been steeped. cherry-laurel Brit. a small evergreen tree, Prunus laurocerasus, with white flowers and cherry-like fruits. cherry-picker colloq. a crane for raising and lowering people. cherry-pie
1 a pie made with cherries.
2 a garden heliotrope.
1 a tree, Prunus cerasifera, native to SW Asia, with solitary white flowers and red fruits.
2 the fruit of this tree. cherry tomato a miniature tomato with a strong flavour.
ME f. ONF cherise (taken as pl.: cf. PEA) f. med.L ceresia perh. f. L f. Gk kerasos
purity, decency, decorum, delicacy, continence, chastity, honesty, virtue, modesty, shame, pudicity, pucelage, virginity, vestal, virgin, Joseph, Hippolytus, Lucretia, Diana, prude, pure, undefiled, modest, delicate, decent, decorous, virginibus puerisque, simon-pure, chaste, continent, virtuous, honest, Platonic, virgin, unsullied, cherry, as chaste as unsunn'd snow, a soul as white as heaven, 'tis Chastity, my brother, Chastity, to the pure all things are pure.