(||Cheng) n. [Chinese.] A chinese reed instrument, with tubes, blown by the mouth.
(Che*nille") n. [F., prop., a caterpillar.] Tufted cord, of silk or worsted, for the trimming of ladies' dresses,
for embroidery and fringes, and for the weft of Chenille rugs.
(||Che`no*mor"phæ) n. pl. [NL., from Gr. the wild goose + form.] (Zoöl.) An order of birds,
including the swans, ducks, geese, flamingoes and screamers.
(Chep"ster) n. (Zoöl.) The European starling. [Local, Eng.]
(Cheque) n. See Check.
(Cheq"uer) n. & v. Same as Checker.
(Che*quin") n. A coin. See Sequin. Shak.
(Cheq"uy) n. (Her.) Same as Checky.
(Cher"if) n. See Sherif.
(Cher`i*moy"er) n. [F. chérimolier.] (Bot.)
1. A small downy-leaved tree with fragrant flowers. It is a native of Peru.
2. Its delicious fruit, which is succulent, dark purple, and similar to the custard apple of the West Indies.
(Cher"ish) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cherished (- isht); p. pr. & vb. n. Cherising.] [F. chérir, fr.
cher dear, fr. L. carus. See Caress, Finish.]
1. To treat with tenderness and affection; to nurture with care; to protect and aid.
We were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children.
1 Thess. ii. 7.
2. To hold dear; to embrace with interest; to indulge; to encourage; to foster; to promote; as, to cherish
To cherish virtue and humanity.
Syn. To nourish; foster; nurse; nurture; entertain; encourage; comfort; protect; support; See Nurture.
(Cher"ish*er) n. One who cherishes.
The cherisher of my flesh and blood.
(Cher"ish*ment) n. Encouragement; comfort. [Obs.]
Rich bounty and dear cherishment.
(Cher"mes) n. See Kermes.
(Cher"o*gril) n. [L. choerogryllus, Gr. a young swine + a pig.] (Zoöl.) See Cony.
(Cher`o*kees") n. pl.; sing. Cherokee. (Ethnol.) An Appalachian tribe of Indians, formerly
inhabiting the region about the head waters of the Tennessee River. They are now mostly settled in the
Indian Territory, and have become one of the most civilized of the Indian Tribes.