maraschino cherry

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Derived from the historical use of the technique of preserving cherries in maraschino liqueur, an alcoholic beverage produced by the fermentation of Marasca cherries; the name continued to be used after production methods moved to nonalcoholic forms of preservation during the period of Prohibition in the United States.


maraschino cherry (plural maraschino cherries)

  1. A preserved, sweetened cherry.