[big-uh-roh, big-uh-roh]


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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bigarreau

Historical Examples of 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  • Elkhorn has served its day and is now being rapidly superseded by other cherries of the Bigarreau group to which it belongs.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.

British Dictionary definitions for bigarreau



any of several heart-shaped varieties of sweet cherry that have firm flesh

Word Origin for bigarreau

C17: from French, from bigarré mottled
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