- any of several species of cherry, especially Prunus padus (European bird cherry), of Europe and Asia, and P. pensylvanica (pin cherry), of the U.S.
- the fruit of any such tree, for which birds have a particular liking.
Origin of bird cherry
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for bird cherry
The Bird-cherry (Prunus padus) grows into a tree of the largest size.Wood and Garden
I had entirely forgotten the bird-cherry, and was thinking only of felling it as quickly as possible.
A bird-cherry grew out on a hazel bush path and choked the bushes.
I deliberated for a long time whether I had better cut down the bird-cherry, or not.
We cut down a lot of brier bushes, willows, and poplars,—then came the turn of a bird-cherry.
- a small Eurasian rosaceous tree, Prunus padus, with clusters of white flowers and small black fruitsSee also cherry (def. 1)
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