Cherry trees have been in bloom recently in some parts of the U.S., displaying beautiful blossoms. “Cherry blossom” is a compound noun. Compound nouns are usually stressed on the first base word. A compound noun often means something different than just the individual words put together. For example, a GREENhouse isn’t a green-colored house – it’s a place that grows plants. The first word of a compound noun sometimes tells what type of thing it is. For example, a CHERRY blossom is a type of blossom.