- a wild cherry, Prunus cerasus marasca, yielding a small, bitter fruit, from which maraschino is made.
Origin of marasca
1860–65; < Italian, aphetic variant of amarasca, derivative of amaro < Latin amārus bitter
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Examples from the Web for marasca
The best is from Zara, and is obtained from the marasca cherry only.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
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.
- a European cherry tree, Prunus cerasus marasca, with red acid-tasting fruit from which maraschino is made
C19: from Italian, variant of amarasca from amaro, from Latin amārus bitter