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Cherry (noun)

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Che'rry. n.s.
Che'rry-tree. n.s.
[cerise, Fr. cerasus, Lat.]

The tree hath large shining leaves: the fruit grows on long pedicles, and is roundish or heart-shaped: the stone is short, tumid, and roundish. The species are; 1. The common red or garden cherry. 2. Large Spanish cherry. 3. The red heart cherry. 4. The white heart cherry. 5. The bleeding heart cherry. 6. The black heart cherry. 7. The May cherry. 8. The black cherry, or mazard. 9. The archduke cherry. 10. The yellow Spanish cherry. 11. The Flanders cluster cherry. 12. The carnation cherry. 13. The large black cherry. 14. The bird cherry. 15. The red bird or Cornish cherry. 16. The largest double flowered cherry. 17. The double flowered cherry. 18. The common wild cherry. 19. The wild northern English cherry, with late ripe fruit. 20. The shock or perfumed cherry. 21. The cherrytree with striped leaves. And many other sorts of cherries; as the amber cherry, lukeward, corone, Gascoigne, and the morello, which is chiefly planted for preserving.

This fruit was brought out of Pontus at the time of the Mithridatick victory, by Lucullus, in the year of Rome 680; and was brought into Britain about 120 years afterwards; which was An. Dom. 55; and was soon after spread through most parts of Europe. It is generally esteemed for its earliness, being of the first tree-fruits that appears to welcome in the fruit-season. Miller

Some devils ask but the parings of one's nail, a pin, a nut, a cherry stone; but she, more covetous, would have a chain. Shakes. Com. of Errors.

July I would have drawn in a jacket of light-yellow eating cherries, with his face and bosom sun-burnt. Peacham.

All this done by a little spark of life, which, in its first appearance, might be inclosed in the hollow of a cherry stone. Hale's Orig. of Mankind.

All the ideas of all the sensible qualities of a cherry come into my mind by sensation. Locke.

Sources: Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors (24) · Hale, Matthew (49) · Locke, John (269) · Miller, Philip (58) · Peacham, Henry (53)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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