American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various deciduous, spineless shrubs of the genus Ribes, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and having flowers in racemes and edible, variously colored berries.
- n. The fruits of any of these plants, used for jams, jellies, desserts, or beverages.
- n. A small seedless raisin of the Mediterranean region, used chiefly in baking.
- n. Any of several other plants or their fruit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete spelling of current and courant.
- n. A very small kind of raisin or dried grape imported from the Levant, chiefly from Zante and Cephalonia, and used in cookery.
- n. The small round fruit (a berry) of several species of Ribes, natural order Saxifragaceæ; the plant producing this fruit: so called because the berries resemble in size the small grapes from the Levant. The red currant is R. rubrum, of which the white currant is a variety; the wild black currant, R. floridum; the buffalo or Missouri currant, R. aureum; the flowering currant, R. sanguineum, the berries of which are insipid, but not, as popularly supposed, poisonous. The red currant is sharply but pleasantly acid, and is much used in the form of jelly and jam. The white variety is milder and less common. The black currant is slightly musky and bitter, but makes an agreeable jam.
- n. In Australia and Tasmania, a species of Leucopogon, especially
- n. A name for various melastomaceous species of tropical America, bearing edible berries, especially of the genera
- n. A small dried grape, usually the Black Corinth grape, rarely more than 4mm diameter when dried.
- n. The fruit of various shrubs of the genus Ribes, either white, black or red.
- n. A shrub bearing such fruit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small kind of seedless raisin, imported from the Levant, chiefly from Zante and Cephalonia; -- used in cookery.
- n. The acid fruit or berry of the Ribes rubrum or common red currant, or of its variety, the white currant.
- n. (Bot.) A shrub or bush of several species of the genus Ribes (a genus also including the gooseberry); esp., the Ribes rubrum.
- n. any of several tart red or black berries used primarily for jellies and jams
- n. any of various deciduous shrubs of the genus Ribes bearing currants
- n. small dried seedless raisin grown in the Mediterranean region and California; used in cooking
- French raisins de Corinthe, raisins (grapes?) of Corinth, the city in Greece. (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English (raysons of) coraunte, (raisins of) Corinth, currants, from Anglo-Norman (raisins de) Corauntz, from Latin Corinthus, Corinth, from Greek Korinthos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The white bordered by the red currant is also down the side of the chest of the shirt.”
“Mr. Red House made a speech after dinner, and said drink to the health of everybody, one after the other, in currant wine, which was done, beginning with Mrs. Bax and ending with H.O. Then he said –”
“I 'm sure there 's nothing in currant jelly or tea to hurt you.”
“Currants, by-the-bye, both black and red, are also native plants; the black currant is by no means rare in this State, and very much resembles the varieties cultivated in gardens; the wild red currant is chiefly confined to the northern parts of the country, and it is precisely like that which we cultivate.”
“The currant is very hardy, and will grow in any soil or situation, even under the drip of trees.”
“One stage of this disease is on the gooseberry or currant, that is, we find it now on the white pine and going to the gooseberry or currant.”
Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916 Embracing the Transactions of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society,Volume 44, from December 1, 1915, to December 1, 1916, Including the Twelve Numbers of "The Minnesota Horticulturist" for 1916
“The most formidable of these is popularly known as the currant worm.”
“Let it be taught at theological seminaries that the currant is a "means of grace.”
“The juice of the red species, if boiled with an equal weight of loaf sugar, forms an agreeable substance called currant jelly, much employed in sauces, and very valuable in the cure of sore throats and colds.”
“The currant is a new and elegant species, and is described by Pursh (21) as ribes aureum.”
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