cherry

Definitions

  • "He loaded the children with cherry branches."
    "He loaded the children with cherry branches."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cherry of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
    • n cherry a red the color of ripe cherries
    • n cherry a red fruit with a single hard stone
    • n cherry any of numerous trees and shrubs producing a small fleshy round fruit with a single hard stone; many also produce a valuable hardwood
    • n cherry wood of any of various cherry trees especially the black cherry
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A boy feeds a cherry to another boy A boy feeds a cherry to another boy
Sweet Birch. Black Birch. Cherry Birch Sweet Birch. Black Birch. Cherry Birch
Black Cherry Black Cherry
Choke Cherry Choke Cherry
Wild Red Cherry. Pin Cherry Wild Red Cherry. Pin Cherry

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Serving ice cream on cherry pie was once illegal in Kansas
    • Cherry A peculiar shade of red, like that of a cherry.
    • Cherry A tree or shrub of the genus Prunus (which also includes the plum) bearing a fleshy drupe with a bony stone;
    • a Cherry Like a red cherry in color; ruddy; blooming; as, a cherry lip; cherry cheeks.
    • Cherry (Bot) 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 Médoc in France).
    • Cherry The fruit of the cherry tree, a drupe of various colors and flavors.
    • Cherry The timber of the cherry tree, esp. of the black cherry, used in cabinetmaking, etc.
    • Cherry (Bot) The wild cherry; as, Prunus serotinawild black cherry), valued for its timber; Prunus Virginianachoke cherry), an American shrub which bears astringent fruit; Prunus avium and Prunus Padus, European trees (bird cherry).
    • cherry 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A headache and inflammatory pain can be reduced by eating 20 tart cherries
    • n cherry The fruit of species of Cerasus (which is commonly regarded as a subgenus of Prunus), consisting of a globose pulpy drupe inclosing a one-seeded smooth stone; also, a tree producing this fruit. The cultivated varieties of the garden-cherry probably all belong to two species. Prunus Cerasus and P. avium, both doubtless natives of Europe. It is related by Pliny that this fruit or a cultivated variety of it was brought from Cerasus in Pontus to Italy after the defeat of Mithridates by Lucullus, about 70 b. c. It was introduced into England by the Romans about 120 years afterward. There are many kinds, as the red-, black-, and white-hearts, the Mayduke, bigaroon, morello, Kentish, etc. The wild or crab cherry, mazard or gean of Great Britain, is a wild state of the Prunus avium, which is also found in various other parts of Europe. From the fruit of its different varieties several highly esteemed cordials are prepared, as the maraschino of Italy, the ratafia of France, the kirschwasser of Germany, etc. To this group of cherries, distinguished by having their flowers and fruits in clusters, belong also the mahaleb cherry (P. Mahaleb) of Europe, with very fragrant flowers, and the ground-cherry (P. Chamœcerasus), as well as the wild red cherry (P. Pennsylvanica) and the dwarf cherry (P. pumila) of North America. A second section of the genus has the flowers in racemes, and the fruit smaller and less palatable. To this belong the bird-cherry (P. Padus) of Europe, and the wild black cherry, also called the rum- or cabinet-cherry (P. serotina), and the choke-cherry (P. Virginiana) of America. Still a third section consists of evergreen trees, with the flowers in racemes and the fruit inedible, including the bastard cherry, bay-cherry, or laurel-cherry (P. Lauro-Cerasus) of Europe, and the Carolina laurel-cherry (P. Caroliniana) of the southern United States.
    • n cherry A name given to many different kinds of fruit which bear some resemblance to the common cherry. See phrases below.
    • n cherry The wood of the cherry-tree. In Australia, the fine-grained wood of Eugenia myrtifolia, and especially the very hard, compact, and durable wood of Exocarpus cupressiformis, used in ship-building and other strong work. That of the wild black cherry, Prunus serotina, of the United States is a light, hard, strong wood of a reddish color, largely used and highly esteemed for cabinet-work, interior finishing, etc.
    • n cherry A cutter or countersink used in making bullet-molds.
    • cherry Like a red cherry in color; red; ruddy; blooming: as, a cherry lip; cherry cheeks.
    • cherry Made of cherry-wood: as, a cherry table.
    • cherry To impart a cherry color to; redden.
    • cherry A modification of cherish.
    • n cherry The service-berry.
    • n cherry A shrub or small tree, Eugenia uniflora, a native of South America, which produces luscious, bright-red, cherry-like fruit about an inch in diameter and agreeably acid. Also called Cayenne or Brazilian cherry and pitanga.
    • n cherry Prunus sphærocarpa, a small evergreen tree which ranges from southern peninsular Florida to the West Indies and Brazil.
    • n cherry generally to any of the native American cherries, as P. serotina, P. Virginiana, P. Pennsylvanica, etc., and particularly to the less-known species, such as P. emarginata, P. Alabamensis, and P. australis.
    • n cherry Improperly, P. angustifolia, the Chickasaw plum (which see, under plum).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eating about twenty tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain
    • n Cherry cher′i a small bright-red stone-fruit: the tree that bears it
    • adj Cherry like a cherry in colour: ruddy
    • v.t Cherry cher′i (Spens.) to cheer.
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Quotations

  • John Pierpont Morgan
    John Pierpont Morgan
    “You can't pick cherries with your back to the tree.”
  • Kotomichi
    Kotomichi
    “My heart that was rapt away by the wild cherry blossoms -- will it return to my body when they scatter?”

Idioms

Cherry pick - If people cherry pick, they choose things that support their position, while ignoring things that contradict it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

Then we had a ride along Cherry Blossom Avenue, the trees being laden with the pale pink flower.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
Sir Peter, seeing me sitting alone under a cherry-tree, came strolling over, followed by Horrock.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
But what he never dreamed was that the cherry tree was exactly the sort of tree that wrens liked.
"The Tale of Rusty Wren" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Out with the chickens, lay the ham in this corner, and the cherries will make a picturesque pile in the middle.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
When set, turn out and garnish with finely chopped aspic, and a few cherry tomatoes if in season.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
After removing from oven insert half a candied cherry in each cavity.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
Fold in the stiffly-beaten egg whites and add the cherries.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
Cherry Honey, with her father and mother, and a half-score of brothers and sisters, lived in a little hut at Trereen, in the parish of Zennor.
"Cornwall's Wonderland" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
It is no wonder, therefore, if Cherry and Nancy became very fond of each other.
"The Looking-Glass for the Mind" by M. Berquin
Those trees that you saw along the barnyard fence of the north barn are the tame cherry trees.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
De cherries, dey're hard; de cherries, dey're sour; An' de baby cain't git none.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
Cherries with water eggnog, triscuit with chipped beef.
"Food for the Traveler" by Dora Cathrine Cristine Liebel Roper
An old dead cherry-tree will answer our question.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
The boy's departure for the seminary stirred the region of Cherry Hill.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
When cherries were ripe in spring, Violetta thought she would ask the Cherry-man about it.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
One gallon wild cherries to five of Morellos is about the proper proportion.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
The fruit, which is the size of a small cherry, has, like the cherry, an outer fleshy portion called the pericarp.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
You cannot imagine how full of cherries we are in the school, even to cherry-colored ribbons, you know.
"A Bunch of Cherries" by L. T. Meade
I never did see wild cherries out here.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
It was a glorious June morning and Jane enjoyed picking cherries.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
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In poetry:

A HANDFUL of cherries
She gave me in passing,
The wizened old woman,
And wished me good luck--
"Cherries" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
A mountain cherry
Through the drifting mists
Faintly
Seen thus there is a lady
I long for all the more.
"A mountain cherry" by Ki no Tsurayuki
White butterflies in the air;
White daisies prank the ground:
The cherry and hoary pear
Scatter their snow around.
"Spring Goeth all in White" by Robert Seymour Bridges
It was the time when red lovers
With the red fevers burn;
A time of bells and silver seeds
And cherries on the turn.
"You And Yellow Air" by John Shaw Neilson
And a cherry dropping fair
On your cheek I, envying it,
Said--remembering Rousseau's wit--
"Would my lips were there!"
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
I DREAM of an old kissing-time
And the flowered follies there;
In the dim place of cherry-trees,
Of you, and yellow air.
"You And Yellow Air" by John Shaw Neilson

In news:

Tonight the rockers will be fighting it out with Black Stone Cherry.
Black Stone Cherry puts on one of the best live shows you'll ever see.
It's finally here the video for the new song from Black Stone Cherry.
Pictures from the Saving Abel/Black Stone Cherry show at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay on February 15, 2009.
Cherry Tree Project begins in Dayton, July 30, 2012.
The blossoms arrived early this year in Washington, DC And though the beauty is already past, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival forges on-- through the end of April.
The City of Winona says it will celebrate a gift of 20 Cherry trees from its sister city in Japan with a planting event in June.
INDIANA COUNTY, Pa. A blaze in Cherry Tree, Indiana County from earlier this month has been ruled arson, according to a state fire marshal.
The fallen songbird's image appears in Nas' 'Cherry Wine' video, showing that her art will live on, even if she's not longer physically with us.
McDonald's adds Cherry Berry Chiller for summer.
Chloris was born on March 29, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Emma and Ed Cherry.
Fold cherries, chocolate and nuts into batter.
Candied cherries are stuffed into ricotta-spiked doughnut batter and fried until crispy and oozing.
A shot of warm sweet chocolate on top makes these little cherry bombs even more explosive.
Candy's Thyme, Walnut 'n' Cherry Butter Crunch Toffee, $13 for 8 oz.
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In science:

In our paper we introduced a special kind of k-width junction tree, called k-th order t-cherry junction tree in order to approximate a joint probability distribution.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
The k-th order t-cherry junction tree probability distribution is associates to the k-th order t-cherry tree, introduced in , .
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
The k -th order t-cherry tree is a special triangulated graph therefore a junction tree structure is associated to it.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
In the following instead of probability distribution associated to a junction tree we will use shortly junction tree pd and similarly instead of k-th order t-cherry tree junction tree distribution we will use shortly k-th order t-cherry pd.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
Hence this result we consider as search space the k-th order t-cherry junction tree pd’s.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
In this part we first give a greedy algorithm to minimize the Kullback-Leibler divergence between the true probability distribution and a t-cherry junction tree pd given the k-th order marginal probability distributions.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
In the case when the approximating probability distribution is given by a k-th order t-cherry junction tree pd all of the clusters contain k and all of the separators contain k − 1 vertices in Formula (1).
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
Output : set A which contains the clusters of the k-th order t-cherry juntion tree pd and the wheight of the k-th order t-cherry junction tree pd.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
Output : set A which contains the clusters of the k-th order t-cherry juntion tree probability distribution and the wheight of the k-th order t-cherry junction tree.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
First we compare the goodness of fit of the 4-th order t-cherry junction tree found by Sz´antai-Kov´acs’s algorithm, then by Malvestuto’s algorithm.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
If the task is fitting a third order t-cherry junction tree, then our algorithm finds a t-cherry junction tree probability distribution, with KL = 0.0355415.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
The third order t-cherry junction tree given by Malvestuto’s algorithm has the KL = 0.0375077.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
Theorem 3 If X has a k-th order t-cherry tree representation then K ∗ is a cluster of the junction tree.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
In the following we introduce the so called puzzle-algorithm, wich results a special numbering of the verticies of t-cherry junction tree.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
Theorem 5 If the the best aproximating k-th order t-cherry probability distribution has a puzzle numbering which starting from the parent cluster defined by (3) satisfies (i) and (ii) then the Sz´antai-Kov´acs Algorithm finds the best aproximating k-th order t-cherry probability distribution.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
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