Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The wild cherry of Europe, Prunus (Cerasus) avium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A species of cherry tree common in Europe (Prunus avium); also, the fruit, which is usually small and dark in color.

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  • noun now dialectal A wild cherry, Prunus avium, native to Europe and western Asia.

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  • noun wild or seedling sweet cherry used as stock for grafting

Etymologies

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From French guigne.

Examples

  • The small cherry, both black and red, common in gardens, is in Scotland, never in England, termed gean (Fr. guigne), from Guigne, in Picardy.

    Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character

  • The double gean is one of the latest cherries and, being double, it hangs on to its flowers longer than most.

    London's fragrant front gardens

  • Elm, ash, gean, the wild cherry, and the rare native large-leaved lime, Tilia platyphyllos, also grow in these woods, and stripes of alder wood follow the swampy seepage from springs and wells higher up.

    Wildwood

  • Hoisting myself into the forest, I saw everything in crayon colours: a bright-blue British Legion hut, orange bracken, bright-red leaves of gean in the woods, the black shadows of yew.

    Wildwood

  • Elm, ash, gean, the wild cherry, and the rare native large-leaved lime, Tilia platyphyllos, also grow in these woods, and stripes of alder wood follow the swampy seepage from springs and wells higher up.

    Wildwood

  • Hoisting myself into the forest, I saw everything in crayon colours: a bright-blue British Legion hut, orange bracken, bright-red leaves of gean in the woods, the black shadows of yew.

    Wildwood

  • This gean should never be introduced to wild populations, recessiv or not.

    The Shot: Fainting animals

  • Rain was beating on the open leaf of plane and beech, and rapping at the black doors of the ash-bud, and the scent of the gean-tree flourish hung round the road by the river, vague, sweet, haunting, like a recollection of the magic and forgotten gardens of youth.

    Gilian The Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

  • It filled the wood of Kincreggan with sounds, with the rasping and creaking of branches and the rustle of leaves, and the road by the river under the gean-trees was strewn with the broken blossom.

    Gilian The Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

  • A little wood I know has in May among its oaks and beeches many white pillars of gean trees, each with its own air round it.

    The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing

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