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- n. A herbaceous plant of the nightshade family, Physalis alkekengi.
- n. The flavoursome berry of this plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An herbaceous plant of the nightshade family (Physalis alkekengi) and its fruit, which is a well flavored berry, the size of a cherry, loosely inclosed in a enlarged leafy calyx; -- also called winter cherry, ground cherry, and strawberry tomato.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The winter-cherry, a solanaceous plant, Physalis Alkekengi.
Compare French alkékenge, Spanish alquequenje, ultimately from Arabic. (Wiktionary)