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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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  • The mazzard now used for stocks has the faults of the species to which it belongs.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Cherries on Mahaleb are hardier to cold than those on mazzard stocks.

    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
  • “He was killed by mazzard with a blow meant for me,” said the buccaneer, slowly.

    Commodore Junk George Manville Fenn
  • But mazzard was in power; and in a few minutes the ropes were forthcoming.

    Commodore Junk George Manville Fenn
  • When he smote him o'er the mazzard with his streak-o'-lightning spear!

  • The crew burst into a roar, even those who had favoured mazzard being carried away.

    Commodore Junk George Manville Fenn
  • 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
  • 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
  • I came to-day to warn Dinny to be cautious, for mazzard suspects something.

    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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