cherry

cherry
cherry mid-13c., from Anglo-Fr. cherise (mistaken in M.E. as a plural and stripped of its -s), from O.N.Fr. cherise (O.Fr., Fr. cerise, 12c.), from V.L. *ceresia, from late Gk. kerasian "cherry," from Gk. kerasos "cherry tree," possibly from a language of Asia Minor. O.E. had ciris "cherry" from a West Germanic form of the V.L. word (Cf. Ger. Kirsch), but it died out after the Norman invasion and was replaced by the French word. Meaning "maidenhead, virginity" is from 1889, U.S. slang, from supposed resemblance to the hymen, but perhaps also from the long-time use of cherries as a symbol of the fleeting quality of life's pleasures. Cherry-pick, in a pejorative sense, first recorded 1972.

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