The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cherry \Cher"ry\ (ch[e^]r"r[y^]), 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.]
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; Prunus Virginiana
(choke cherry), an American shrub which bears
astringent fruit; Prunus avium and Prunus Padus,
European trees (bird cherry).
2. The fruit of the cherry tree, a drupe of various colors
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 (Zool.), 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
(a) A child's play, in which cherries are thrown into a
(b) A cherry stone.
Cherry rum, rum in which cherries have been steeped.
Cherry sucker (Zool.), the European spotted flycatcher
(Musicapa grisola); -- called also cherry chopper
Cherry tree, a tree that bears cherries.
Ground cherry, Winter cherry, See Alkekengi.