- a large, heart-shaped variety of sweet cherry, having firm flesh.
Origin of bigarreau
1620–30; < French, equivalent to bigarr(é) variegated (past participle of bigarrer, perhaps bi(s) twice (see bis1) + -garrer, verbal derivative of Middle French garre of two colors; of obscure origin) + -eau noun suffix (earlier -el < Latin -ellus)
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Examples from the Web for bigarreau
In 1909, a Smith was listed, with Smith's Bigarreau as a synonym.
The trees require much moisture, especially sorts with large leaves, such as the Bigarreau and Heart Cherries.
Florence is very large and late, succeeding the Bigarreau, but requires a warm soil and aspect.
Elkhorn has served its day and is now being rapidly superseded by other cherries of the Bigarreau group to which it belongs.
Though of the Bigarreau group the flesh is too tender to well withstand harvesting, shipping and the brown-rot.
- any of several heart-shaped varieties of sweet cherry that have firm flesh
C17: from French, from bigarré mottled
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