Hypertext Webster Gateway: "cherry"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Bob \Bob\, v. i.
1. To have a short, jerking motion; to play to and fro, or up
and down; to play loosely against anything. ``Bobbing and
courtesying.'' --Thackeray.

2. To angle with a bob. See {Bob}, n., 2 & 3.

He ne'er had learned the art to bob For anything but
eels. --Saxe.

{To bob at an apple}, {cherry}, etc. to attempt to bite or
seize with the mouth an apple, cherry, or other round
fruit, while it is swinging from a string or floating in a
tug of water.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Cherry \Cher"ry\, n. [OE. chery, for cherys, fr. F. cerise (cf.
AS. cyrs cherry), fr. LL. ceresia, fr. L. cerasus Cherry
tree, Gr. ?, perh. fr. ? horn, from the hardness of the
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; {P. Virginiana} (choke
cherry), an American shrub which bears astringent
fruit; {P. avium} and {P. Padus}, European trees (bird

2. The fruit of the cherry tree, a drupe of various colors
and flavors.

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} (Zo["o]l.), 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} ({C.
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} (Zo["o]l.), 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}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Cherry \Cher"ry\ (ch[e^]r"r[y^]), a.
Like a red cherry in color; ruddy; blooming; as, a cherry
lip; cherry cheeks.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : having any of numerous bright or strong colors reminiscent
of the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
[syn: {red}, {reddish}, {ruddy}, {blood-red}, {carmine},
{cerise}, {cherry-red}, {crimson}, {ruby}, {ruby-red},
n 1: wood of any of various cherry trees especially the black
2: any of numerous trees and shrubs producing a small fleshy
round fruit with a single hard stone; many also produce a
valuable hardwood [syn: {cherry tree}]
3: fruit with a single hard stone
4: a red the color of ripe cherries [syn: {cerise}, {cherry red}]

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