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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wild sweet cherry (Prunus avium) often used as grafting stock.

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  • n. A sweet cherry, with taxomonic name Prunus avium

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See mazard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wild or seedling sweet cherry used as stock for grafting

Etymologies

Perhaps alteration of Middle English mazer, goblet, hard wood; see mazer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "Gooseberries and raspberries came from Motte's fruit cages. Mazzards and bigaroons followed."
    John Saturnall's Feast by Lawrence Norfolk, p 183

    November 10, 2012

  • Slang for the head or face; also, mazard or mazer. HAMLET: "Chapless and knocked about the mazzard with a sexton's spade."

    --From Slang and its Analogues, Past & Present compiled by J.S. Farmer.

    March 28, 2009