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mazzard

[maz-erd] /ˈmæz ərd/
noun
1.
a wild sweet cherry, Prunus avium, used as a rootstock for cultivated varieties of cherries.
Origin of mazzard
1570-1580
1570-80; earlier mazer; compare obsolete mazers spots, measles; see -ard
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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
  • What will you do—stop and serve under Captain mazzard, or shall we go?

    Commodore Junk George Manville Fenn
  • Cherries on Mahaleb are hardier to cold than those on mazzard stocks.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • But mazzard was in power; and in a few minutes the ropes were forthcoming.

    Commodore Junk George Manville Fenn
  • Leroy, the French pomologist, thinks it does better on Mahaleb than on the mazzard stock.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • When he smote him o'er the mazzard with his streak-o'-lightning spear!

  • 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
  • I came to-day to warn Dinny to be cautious, for mazzard suspects something.

    Commodore Junk George Manville Fenn
  • For the poor things would have other idols in place of those he thwacketh upon the mazzard and dispelleth.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • mazzard turned and glanced down at the floor upon which he stood, then at the stained stone which formed the cover of the vault.

    Commodore Junk George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for mazzard

mazzard

/ˈmæzəd/
noun
1.
a wild sweet cherry tree, Prunus avium, often used as a grafting stock for cultivated cherries
Word Origin
C16: perhaps related to mazer
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