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

First recorded in 1550–60, mahaleb is from the Arabic word maḥlab
Also called mahaleb cherry, St. Lucie cherry.
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Examples from the Web for mahaleb

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Both the fruits and seeds of cherries, especially of the Mahaleb, are steeped in spirits for food, drink and medicinal purposes.

  • Wild or cultivated, the Mahaleb is a shallow-rooted plant, a fact that must be taken into consideration in its use as a stock.

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