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What does cherry mean? Meaning, definition

The term “cherry” has several meanings. In this post we introduce these:

  1. “Cherry” is the name of the fruit and wood of the cherry tree. "Cherry" is short for "cherry tree". It belongs to the rose family. Cherries are a stone fruit.
  2. "Cherry" is a term used for attractive women. (This could be because they look attractive like the fruit "cherry". The red of the cherry shows on the lips of an attractive woman.)
  3. A game ball in soccer or handball is also called a “cherry”.
  4. Cherry is also a slang term for "head".

The expression “cherry” comes from the Middle High German “Kirse” / “Kerse”, which in turn was previously Germanized from the Latin. "Cerasum" means cherry tree, which became "Chirsa" in Old High German.

Origin of the cherry

The church originally comes from Asia Minor. From there it was brought to Europe in the first century BC. Responsible for this is the Roman general Lucius Licinius Lucullus. From the port city of Cerasus, he shipped some plants to Italy. The port city of Cerasus also gave the cherry its name, which can still be seen in the French and Spanish spelling. In French the cherry is called: Cerise. In Spanish it is called: Cereza.

Ancient Cerasus is now a city in Turkey.

From Italy, first the Romans and later others spread the cherry throughout Europe.

"It's not good to eat cherries with him"

The cherry has also found its way into the German language in the saying “It's not good to eat cherries with him”. The saying means that someone is unpleasant or unsympathetic and that you do not get on well with that person.

The saying comes from the fact that cherries were rare and expensive in the Middle Ages. Rich people could buy cherries and plant the trees in their gardens. If someone wanted to get something from the cherries or disturb the rich while eating cherries, it could happen that they do not react nicely and reject the Schnorrer or even spit on them with cherry stones.

It also happened in the Middle Ages that poisoned cherries were used to hunt down enemies. Cherries are not good to eat with these people.

Another theory is that people in the Middle Ages could not distinguish between poisonous and non-poisonous cherries. It so happened that some of them poisoned themselves from poisonous cherries. (Since there are very many varieties, this is quite conceivable.)

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