- a cherry, Prunus mahaleb, introduced into the U.S. from Eurasia, used as a stock in grafting cherries.
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
There is no question but that the Mahaleb is a dwarfing stock.
Cherries on Mahaleb are hardier to cold than those on Mazzard stocks.
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.