from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. A shrub or bush of several species of the genus Ribes (a genus also including the gooseberry); esp., the Ribes rubrum.
from The 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.
- 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
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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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