Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tree of any of several cultivars of the sour cherry that bear small bitter fruit from which maraschino is made.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small black wild cherry, a variety of Prunus avium, from which maraschino is distilled.

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

  • noun The small bitter fruit of the marasca cherry tree from whose juice maraschino liqueur is made.
  • noun The marasca cherry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A European cultivar of the wild cherry, Prunus cerasus, that has bright red fruit used for making maraschino.

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

  • noun Dalmatian bitter wild cherry tree bearing fruit whose juice is made into maraschino liqueur
  • noun small bitter fruit of the marasca cherry tree from whose juice maraschino liqueur is made

Etymologies

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

[Italian; see maraschino.]

Examples

  • Once upon a time, a marasca was a bitter cherry that grew wild in Croatia’s Dalmatian mountains.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Once upon a time, a marasca was a bitter cherry that grew wild in Croatia’s Dalmatian mountains.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Once upon a time, a marasca was a bitter cherry that grew wild in Croatia’s Dalmatian mountains.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • The real deal is a sour Morello cherry, the marasca, that has been candied and then preserved in a booze-infused cherry syrup.

    Bits & Bites: (Italian) News You Can Eat

  • He also adds a cinnamon stick, some slices of fresh citrus and a little syrup from a jar of Luxardo marasca cherries.

    A Cocktail for What Ails You

  • I found through dictionary.com that maraschino is a cordial or liqueur made from the Italian wild marasca cherry and that cherries preserved in this liqueur were the first maraschino cherries recorded in around 1820 though this process of preserving the marasca cherries was far older than that.

    At My Table

  • It seems that the terms are sometimes interchangeable as the marasca is where the original 'preserved' maraschino derived from?

    At My Table

  • The marasca cherry doesn't grow well outside its homeland and has long been replaced by other varieties for maraschino cherries, mostly sweet as far as I can tell, which is probably why bitter almond flavour is used, to mimic the sour taste.

    At My Table

  • The kernels were crushed and fermented to make maraschino liqueur, in which whole marasca cherries were preserved.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • The kernels were crushed and fermented to make maraschino liqueur, in which whole marasca cherries were preserved.

    The Fruit Hunters

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