Maraschino cherry

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Tue Apr 1 07:09:53 UTC 2003

   OK, last one before parking tickets.  I'll save "rose hips" for another day.
   OED has 1905 for "maraschino cherry," coined by O. Henry.  This is after the revision, where you'd expect "great author" coinages to be knocked out.  "Maraschino," in various spellings, goes back to the 1790s.
   Our old friend the BROOKLYN EAGLE comes in handy again.

   23 August 1900, BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE, pg. 4 ad:
   Maraschino Cherries--Pitted and imported from France.

   15 September 1900, NATIONAL POLICE GAZETTE (American Periodical Series), pg. 14 (in a recipe for the "Zaza" cocktail): bar spoonful of juice of Maraschino cherries...

   14 December 1902, NEW YORK TIMES, pg. 10 ad:

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