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mahaleb

[ mah-huh-leb ]

noun

  1. a cherry, Prunus mahaleb, introduced into the U.S. from Eurasia, used as a stock in grafting cherries.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of mahaleb1

First recorded in 1550–60, mahaleb is from the Arabic word maḥlab

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Example Sentences

The kernels of the perfumed cherry, P. Mahaleb, are used in confectionery and for scent.

This and its variegated variety P. Mahaleb variegata are very free-flowering shrubs, and of neat growth.

Most varieties will do well upon the Mahaleb stock, which is used as a means of dwarfing this fruit, though not a dwarf.

Many persons have been disappointed in the Mahaleb cherry, which has been reputed to be a dwarfing stock.

There is no question but that the Mahaleb is a dwarfing stock.

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