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chemurgy the industrial development of new chemical products from organic raw materials, usu. farm products.
Cheng Tang first leader of the Shang dynasty of China, ruling in approximately the seventeenth century B.C.E. (exact dates contested).
chenille a tufted or velvetlike cord, used in embroidery and for fringes, or woven into a fabric. [2 definitions]
chenin blanc a dry to slightly sweet white wine. [2 definitions]
cheongsam a fitted Chinese dress having a high neck, usu. short sleeves, and side slits to the thighs.
cherish to value with great affection. [3 definitions]
cherishable combined form of cherish.
Cherokee a member of a North American Indian tribe that formerly lived in the southeastern United States, and now is mostly in Oklahoma and North Carolina. [2 definitions]
Cherokee rose a climbing, thornless rose that bears large white fragrant flowers.
cheroot an untapered cigar made with both ends open.
cherries jubilee a dessert made of vanilla ice cream topped with a sauce of black cherries and served flambé with brandy or kirsch.
cherry the edible fruit of the cherry tree, having a small, hard stone enclosed by yellow, red, or dark purple flesh. [5 definitions]
cherry bomb a round, red, very explosive firecracker.
cherrystone the edible quahog clam when it is partly grown and still fairly small.
cherry tomato a red or yellow tomato about the size of a cherry, often used in salads.
chert a hard compact rock, esp. of quartz, found in limestone.
cherub a heavenly being, esp. one of the second order of angels, usu. represented as a winged child with a chubby face and rosy cheeks. [2 definitions]
chervil a plant of the parsley family having aromatic leaves and used as a seasoning or as a salad herb. [2 definitions]
Cheshire cat in the nineteenth-century children's novel Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, a grinning cat that magically disappears, his grin being the last to fade away.
Cheshvan variant of Heshvan.
chess1 a game of strategy for two people in which each player starts with a king and queen, two each of bishops, knights, and rooks, and eight pawns and in which the object is to trap the opponent's king.