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Κερασοῦς). A flourishing colony of Sinopé on the coast of Pontus, at the mouth of a river of the same name; chiefly celebrated as the place from which Europe obtained both the cherry and its name (cerasum). Lucullus is said to have brought back plants of the cherry-tree (κέρασος) with him to Rome ( Orig. xvii. 7, 16); but this refers probably only to some particular sorts, as the Romans seem to have had the tree much earlier. Cerasus fell into decay after the foundation of Pharnacia.

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