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

  • n. A variety of the sour cherry (Prunus cerasus var. austera) having double flowers and fruit with dark red skin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A variety of cultivated cherry, Prunus cerasus austera, having a dark skin

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of nearly black cherry with dark red flesh and juice, -- used chiefly for preserving.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of cherry with a dark-red skin, becoming nearly black if allowed to hang long.

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

  • n. cultivated sour cherry with dark-colored skin and juice
  • n. any of several cultivated sour cherry trees bearing fruit with dark skin and juice


Perhaps from Italian amarello, from Medieval Latin amārellum, diminutive of Latin amārus, bitter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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