cherry

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.
Phrases and idioms:
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.
cherry plum
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.
Etymology: ME f. ONF cherise (taken as pl.: cf. PEA) f. med.L ceresia perh. f. L f. Gk kerasos

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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