American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. They are thorny or prickly shrubs, and the fruit is usually hairy. The common cultivated gooseberry, Ribes Grossularia, bearing the fruit of the same name, is a native of Europe and Asia. It is cultivated extensively in northern Europe, but succeeds only moderately in America; and many varieties have been produced, the fruit differing in size, color, and quality, as well as in hairiness. The wild gooseberries of North America include several species, the fruit of which is rarely eaten.
- 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.
- 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. chiefly UK An additional person who is neither necessary nor wanted in a given situation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) 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.
- 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
- 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)
- goose (probably shortening and alteration by folk-etymology of French groseille, gooseberry; see grossularite) + berry. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It was reported that while acting as "gooseberry" -- a role usually assigned to her -- between Virginia Piper and an exceptionally timid young surveyor, during a ramble she conceived a rare sentiment of humanity towards the unhappy man.”
“I also scored some interesting looking IKEA jam, gooseberry, which is a favorite of mine, and cloudberry, which I have never yet tasted.”
“The line of intensive-treatment products, designed to repair dehydrated and damaged hair, has a secret ingredient: Indian gooseberry, which is rarely used in products sold in the United States.”
“Loudon thinks it signifies Feverberry, because of the cooling properties possessed by the gooseberry, which is scarcely probable.”
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“The most interesting point in the history of the gooseberry is the steady increase in the size of the fruit.”
“They can be used to flavour cooked fruit and jam and make a sound match with gooseberry, which is also great at this time of the year.”
“I suggested that tasting a gooseberry might be a good first step before dismissing the analogy as crazy!”
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