- a cherry tree, Prunus avium, characterized by reddish-brown bark and a pyramidal manner of growth.
- the red, purplish-black, or yellow, edible, sweet fruit of this tree.
Origin of sweet cherry
First recorded in 1900–05
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- either of two types of cherry tree that are cultivated for their red edible sweet fruit, the gean having tender-fleshed fruit, the bigarreau having firm-fleshed fruit
- the fruit of any of these treesSee also heart cherry
Also called: dessert cherry
Compare sour cherry