One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large North American cherry tree that yields valuable close-grained hard wood.
Prunus serotina, family Rosaceae
- ‘Sugar maples commonly share the forest with ironwood, beech, basswood, white ash, black cherry, yellow birch, white pine, and red oak.’
- ‘The subcanopy also contains a scattering of hawthorn, black cherry, white pine, and eastern hemlock.’
- ‘Pin cherry (P. pensylvanica), black cherry (P. serotina), and chokecherry (P. virginiana) are some of the best trees for attracting birds.’
- ‘The entrance is framed by a forest canopy of hackberry, with flowering dogwood, wild black cherry, and box elder forming a lush secondary layer.’
- ‘For variety, you might want to plant black cherry and oak, too.’
- 1.1 The bitter blackish fruit of the black cherry tree, sometimes used for jellies and regularly eaten by wild birds and animals.
- ‘This sounds simple enough but the deeper flavours of the black cherries married magically with the creamy mess and light brioche bread.’
- ‘At your next dinner party, try serving a big bowl of black cherries with some dark chocolate, or a simple but elegant tray of a variety of fruits and dessert cheeses.’
- ‘Cheese is served with brandy-soaked black cherries, truffle honey, and spicy Seville-orange mostarda, a chutneylike condiment.’
- ‘We then hummed along more pastoral roads, stopping at a roadstand to buy kilos of juicy black cherries fresh from the trees, and apples and honey and newly-baked apple cake.’
- ‘There is foie gras grilled with black cherries and in a preparation flavoured with Chinese 10 spice.’
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