Definition of cornelian cherry in English:

cornelian cherry


  • 1A Eurasian flowering shrub or small tree of the dogwood family, cultivated as an ornamental.

    • ‘At one time the cornelian cherry was frequently cultivated for its edible fruit, though it has fallen into virtual disuse as a fruit crop in most areas.’
    • ‘You'll notice indicators of this season, such as the blooming of cornelian cherry and sugar maple.’
    • ‘They include the Barbados cherry, cornelian cherry (a dogwood), ground or winter cherry, and Surinam cherry.’
    • ‘Don't be discouraged if your cornelian cherry flowers without fruiting for a few years.’
    • ‘The cornelian cherries, which are not cherries at all, but related to dogwoods, will be brighter than other trees, with reddish fruits, and there can be some dogwoods with yellows as well.’
    1. 1.1 The edible oval red berry of the cornelian cherry plant.
      • ‘Aunt told me how to make plum jam with cornelian cherry while visiting a little village bazaar at Yalova.’
      • ‘Other tree fruits in this easiest-to-grow category include cornelian cherries, mulberries, pawpaws, and American persimmon.’
      • ‘Try our real wild strawberry preserves, frozen fruits, cornelian cherries, juices and concentrates, wild mushrooms, raspberries, blueberries, seed oils and butters, and a whole lot more.’
      • ‘At this festival, one can taste the flavors of forgotten fruits, such as cornelian cherries, vulpine pears, Neapolitan medlars, and others.’
      • ‘We make fig syrup and preserves; we use pomegranates, figs, wild cornelian cherries, blackberries, and raspberries.’


Early 17th century: cornelian from cornel + -ian.