mahaleb

noun ma·ha·leb \ˈmä(h)əˌleb\
variants: less commonly

mahaleb cherry

Definition of mahaleb

plural

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  1. :  a small slender European cherry (Prunus mahaleb) that has pure white fragrant flowers in racemes and small inferior fruits from which a dye and a cordial are sometimes made and that is grown for use as an understock in grafting cultivated cherries —called also Saint Lucie cherry

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Origin and Etymology of mahaleb

Arabic maḥlab


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