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mahaleb

[mah-huh-leb] /ˈmɑ həˌlɛb/
noun
1.
a cherry, Prunus mahaleb, introduced into the U.S. from Eurasia, used as a stock in grafting cherries.
Also called mahaleb cherry, St. Lucie cherry.
Origin of mahaleb
1550-1560
1550-60; < Arabic maḥlab
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  • Though the evidence is somewhat conflicting on this point it is probable that cherries on Mazzard live longer than on mahaleb.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Both the fruits and seeds of cherries, especially of the mahaleb, are steeped in spirits for food, drink and medicinal purposes.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Cherries on mahaleb are hardier to cold than those on Mazzard stocks.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Wild or cultivated, the mahaleb is a shallow-rooted plant, a fact that must be taken into consideration in its use as a stock.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Most varieties will do well upon the mahaleb stock, which is used as a means of dwarfing this fruit, though not a dwarf.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
  • The wood of the mahaleb tree is of value in cabinet making, possessing among other good qualities a pleasant and lasting odor.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Leroy, the French pomologist, thinks it does better on mahaleb than on the Mazzard stock.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Now there is a rather warm controversy as to which is the better of the two leading stocks, the Mazzard or the mahaleb.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • No one seems to have seen or to have thought that there are differences in the size of cherries grown on Mazzard or mahaleb stock.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Seedlings of both stocks are imported from Europe and those of the mahaleb are usually cheaper.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick

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