winter cherry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n winter cherry small South American shrub cultivated as a houseplant for its abundant ornamental but poisonous red or yellow cherry-sized fruit
    • n winter cherry Old World perennial cultivated for its ornamental inflated papery orange-red calyx
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Winter cherry (Bot) a plant (Physalis Alkekengi) of the Nightshade family, which has, a red berry inclosed in the inflated and persistent calyx. See Alkekengi.
    • Winter cherry See Alkekengi.
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Usage

In literature:

One afternoon Rosalie sat upon a small wooden bench under the cherry-trees, and was making mourning for the winter.
"O. T." by Hans Christian Andersen
It is larger than that of the old Winter Cherry, P. Alkekengi.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
The company then rowed away for Cartagena, eating their "mellions and winter cherries" with a good appetite.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
He wore his uniform till it was patched and threadbare, while he gave two dollars each for cherries in the winter.
"Amos Huntingdon" by T.P. Wilson
As it sped on its winter-day journey, did it shine into any cabin in an Irish bog more desolate than these Cherry Street "homes"?
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
Fresh cherries, young pears, and winter apples shone in all their brilliancy of colour and lent variety to the drab square.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
It being winter, their favorite cherry-tree was bare.
"Harper's Young People, September 14, 1880" by Various
Fruit globular, as large as cherries, yellow when ripe in autumn; hanging on through the winter.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
Then Daddy Martin told about the letter from grandpa at Cherry Farm, and of the hermit's prediction that there was going to be a hard winter.
"The Curlytops Snowed In" by Howard R. Garis
And he stayed with them all winter, and sometimes he had cherry pie for supper.
"Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail" by Howard R. Garis
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In poetry:

Not that the new found Spring is sour....
The blossom swings on the cherry branch,
From Wear to Thames I have seen this greenness
Cover the six-months-winter meanness.
"From Wear To Thames" by John Freeman

In news:

The bacteria have learned to live intimately with the host plant, in the nooks and crannies, on the leaf surface, and such, Johnson explained to growers attending an OSU cherry research symposium at The Dalles, Oregon, last winter.
Lucky us, we still have beautifully sweet cherry tomatoes, even in the winter.
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