Fake Etymologies

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cher‧ry, n. /ˈʧɛɹi/

Dimunutive form of “cherub.” The bright red color of the fruit was said to resemble the rosy red cheeks of cherubim, as portrayed in Renaissance paintings. Interestingly, this was a misidentification on the part of English speakers, as infant or toddler angels are actually called putti.