[mar-uh-skee-noh, -shee-]
a sweet cordial or liqueur distilled from marascas.

1785–95; < Italian; see marasca, -ine1 Unabridged
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maraschino (ˌmærəˈskiːnəʊ, -ˈʃiːnəʊ)
a liqueur made from marasca cherries and flavoured with the kernels, having a taste like bitter almonds
[C18: from Italian; see marasca]

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Word Origin & History

1791, "cherry liqueur," from It. maraschino, "strong, sweet liqueur made from juice of the marasca," a bitter black cherry, aphetic of amarasca, from amaro "bitter," from L. amarus "sour," from PIE base *om- "raw, bitter." Maraschino cherry, one preserved in real or imitation maraschino, first recorded
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Example sentences
Its obscure ingredients, including crème de violette and maraschino liqueur, make it one of our personal favorites.
The cherries are sold as fresh fruit, to canneries to make pies, brined as maraschino cherries or dried.
One small bottle of maraschino cherries, cut in bits.
Flavor with maraschino or sherry and pour the mixture into a mould that has been wet in cold wa ter.
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