from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A spiny European shrub (Ribes uva-crispa) having lobed leaves, greenish flowers, and edible greenish to yellow or red berries.
- n. The fruit of this plant.
- n. Any of several plants bearing similar fruit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fruit closely related to the currant.
- n. Any of several other unrelated fruits, such as the Chinese gooseberry (kiwifruit) and the Indian gooseberry (amla).
- n. An additional person who is neither necessary nor wanted in a given situation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any thorny shrub of the genus Ribes; also, the edible berries of such shrub. There are several species, of which Ribes Grossularia is the one commonly cultivated.
- n. A silly person; a goose cap.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The berry or fruit of a plant of the genus Ribes, or the plant itself; in botany, a general term for the species of the genus Ribes which belong to the section Grossularia, as the name currant is applied to those of the section Ribesia.
- n. A silly person; a goosecap.
- Relating to or made of gooseberries: as, gooseberry wine.
- n. The farkleberry, Batodendron arboreum: doubtless so called from its somewhat similar fruit. See farkleberry.
- n. The Coromandel goosebery (which see).
- n. One of several species of Polycodium. See squaw-huckleberry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. currant-like berry used primarily in jams and jellies
- n. spiny Eurasian shrub having greenish purple-tinged flowers and ovoid yellow-green or red-purple berries
goose (probably shortening and alteration by folk-etymology of French groseille, gooseberry; see grossularite) + berry.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From goose + berry. It is possible that the first element was originally something related to the gros- of French groseille and/or the kruis- of Dutch kruisbes but has been altered by folk etymology. (Wiktionary)