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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
First recorded in 1550-60, mahaleb is from the Arabic word maḥlab
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  • Cherries on mahaleb are hardier to cold than those on Mazzard stocks.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • There is no question but that the mahaleb is a dwarfing stock.

    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
  • 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
  • mahaleb stocks are usually grown as seedlings but may also be propagated from root cuttings.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pains have been taken to show the exact date the mahaleb began to be used as a stock in America.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Cherries on mahaleb ripen their wood earlier than those on Mazzard and may thus be dug earlier in the fall.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Nurserymen and fruit-growers alike agree to this statement of the superior merits of the mahaleb as a nursery plant.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick

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