d. eugene cherry


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cherry (ˈtʃɛrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  See also bird cherry any of several trees of the rosaceous genus Prunus, such as P. avium (sweet cherry), having a small fleshy rounded fruit containing a hard stone
2.  the fruit or wood of any of these trees
3.  any of various unrelated plants, such as the ground cherry and Jerusalem cherry
4.  a.  a bright red colour; cerise
 b.  (as adjective): a cherry coat
5.  slang virginity or the hymen as its symbol
6.  (modifier) of or relating to the cherry fruit or wood: cherry tart
[C14: back formation from Old English ciris (mistakenly thought to be plural), ultimately from Late Latin ceresia, perhaps from Latin cerasus cherry tree, from Greek kerasios]

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Word Origin & History

1236, from Anglo-Fr. cherise (taken as a pl.), from O.N.Fr. cherise, from V.L. *ceresia, from late Gk. kerasian "cherry," from Gk. kerasos "cherry tree," possibly from a language of Asia Minor. O.E. had ciris "cherry" from W.Gmc. form of the V.L. word, but it died out after the Norman invasion and was
replaced by the French word. Meaning "maidenhead, virginity" is from 1889, U.S. slang, from supposed resemblance to the hymen, but perhaps also from the long-time use of cherries as a symbol of the fleeting quality of life's pleasures. Cherry-pick, in a pejorative sense, first recorded 1972.
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