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  1. a wild cherry, Prunus cerasus marasca, yielding a small, bitter fruit, from which maraschino is made.
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Origin of marasca

1860–65; < Italian, aphetic variant of amarasca, derivative of amaro < Latin amārus bitter
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Historical Examples

  • The best is from Zara, and is obtained from the marasca cherry only.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • The marasca, or wild cherry, is abundant, and yields the celebrated liqueur called maraschino.

  • The Marasca cherry is a native of the province of Dalmatia, Austria, where the trees grow wild and are now sparingly cultivated.

  • According to the Dalmatians all attempts to improve the Marasca cherry by culture have failed.

British Dictionary definitions for marasca


  1. a European cherry tree, Prunus cerasus marasca, with red acid-tasting fruit from which maraschino is made
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Word Origin

C19: from Italian, variant of amarasca from amaro, from Latin amārus bitter
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