cherry

A cherry is a beautiful flowering tree, and it's also the name of the small, red fruit that grows on it. If you learn to bake a perfect cherry pie, you will become a legend among your dessert-loving friends.

Ripe cherries are deep red and exquisitely sweet, with small inedible pits. Cherry is an almost universally loved flavor, from cherry danishes and cherry lollipops to the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae. Cherry is also used to describe a bright red color. The word itself comes from a Greek root, kerasos, which means "cherry tree," and also refers to a region of ancient Greece historians believe first exported cherries to Europe.

Definitions of cherry
  1. noun
    any of numerous trees and shrubs producing a small fleshy round fruit with a single hard stone; many also produce a valuable hardwood
    synonyms: cherry tree
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    wild cherry, wild cherry tree
    an uncultivated cherry tree
    Prunus avium, sweet cherry
    large Eurasian tree producing small dark bitter fruit in the wild but edible sweet fruit under cultivation
    Prunus capuli, capulin, capulin tree
    Mexican black cherry tree having edible fruit
    Prunus cerasus, sour cherry, sour cherry tree
    rather small Eurasian tree producing red to black acid edible fruit
    Catalina cherry, Prunus lyonii
    evergreen shrub or small tree found on Catalina Island (California)
    flowering cherry
    any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Prunus cultivated for their showy white or pink single or double blossoms
    Prunus virginiana, chokecherry, chokecherry tree
    a common wild cherry of eastern North America having small bitter black berries favored by birds
    heart cherry, oxheart, oxheart cherry
    any of several cultivated sweet cherries having sweet juicy heart-shaped fruits
    gean, mazzard, mazzard cherry
    wild or seedling sweet cherry used as stock for grafting
    Prunus cerasus caproniana, amarelle
    any of several cultivated sour cherry trees bearing pale red fruit with colorless juice
    Prunus cerasus austera, morello
    any of several cultivated sour cherry trees bearing fruit with dark skin and juice
    Prunus cerasus marasca, marasca, marasca cherry, maraschino cherry
    Dalmatian bitter wild cherry tree bearing fruit whose juice is made into maraschino liqueur
    Prunus incisa, fuji, fuji cherry
    shrubby Japanese cherry tree having pale pink blossoms
    bird cherry, bird cherry tree
    any of several small-fruited cherry trees frequented or fed on by birds
    Prunus serotina, black cherry, black cherry tree, rum cherry
    large North American wild cherry with round black sour edible fruit
    Japanese cherry, Japanese flowering cherry, Prunus serrulata, oriental cherry
    ornamental tree with inedible fruits widely cultivated in many varieties for its white blossoms
    Japanese flowering cherry, Prunus sieboldii
    ornamental tree with inedible fruit widely cultivated in many varieties for its pink blossoms
    Prunus subhirtella, rosebud cherry, winter flowering cherry
    shrub or tree native to Japan cultivated as an ornamental for its rose-pink flowers
    Prunus demissa, Prunus virginiana demissa, western chokecherry
    chokecherry of western United States
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    fruit tree
    tree bearing edible fruit
  2. noun
    a red fruit with a single hard stone
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    black cherry, sweet cherry
    any of several fruits of cultivated cherry trees that have sweet flesh
    Mexican black cherry, capulin
    Mexican black cherry
    sour cherry
    acid cherries used for pies and preserves
    bing cherry
    dark red or blackish sweet cherry
    heart cherry, oxheart, oxheart cherry
    large heart-shaped sweet cherry with soft flesh
    amarelle
    pale red sour cherry with colorless or nearly colorless juice
    morello
    cultivated sour cherry with dark-colored skin and juice
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    edible fruit
    edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
    drupe, stone fruit
    fleshy indehiscent fruit with a single seed: e.g. almond; peach; plum; cherry; elderberry; olive; jujube
  3. noun
    wood of any of various cherry trees especially the black cherry
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    the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
  4. adjective
    of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
    synonyms: blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry-red, crimson, red, reddish, ruby, ruby-red, ruddy, scarlet
    chromatic
    being or having or characterized by hue
  5. noun
    a red the color of ripe cherries
    synonyms: cerise, cherry red
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    red, redness
    red color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of blood
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