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black cherry

a North American cherry, Prunus serotina, having drooping clusters of fragrant white flowers and bearing a black, sour, edible fruit.
the fruit itself.
the hard, reddish-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
Origin of black cherry
An Americanism dating back to 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Prunus cerasus; black cherry, distilled water from the kernels.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin
  • The crown of black cherry is narrow and the branches are horizontal.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The fruit of the black cherry is more plentiful than that of the hackberry.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • If only it had been a bit bigger—for this black cherry stew was delicious!

    The Forest Farm Peter Rosegger
  • Here grew a long, irregular row of wild red cherry trees and black cherry trees, now just past the season of bloom.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • Where the juice of the black cherry cannot be obtained, sirup of mulberries will be found an excellent substitute.

    Cups and their Customs George Edwin Roberts
  • The same is true of many other timbers, notably sweet and yellow birch, black cherry, and several of the oaks.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • What a gleeful uproar the robins, cedar-birds, high-holes, and cow blackbirds make amid the black cherry trees as we pass along!

  • black cherry, cerasus occidentalis, is a genus of the natural order rosace.

  • The thin young bark of the black cherry curls in a very birch-like fashion.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers

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