from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of shrubs including gooseberries and currants of many kinds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A currant; generally as plural, currants.
  • n. A genus of polypetalous shrubs, constituting the tribe Ribesieæ in the order Saxifragaceæ, and producing small flowers with four or five scale-like petals, four or five stamens, two styles, and an ovoid calyx-tube united to the ovary, continued above into a tubular or bell-shaped four- or five-cleft limb, which is often colored.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flowering shrub bearing currants or gooseberries; native to northern hemisphere


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Botanically the black Currant, _Ribes nigrum_, belongs to the Saxifrage tribe, this generic term Ribes being applied to all fresh currants, as of Arabian origin, and signifying acidity.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • Currants and Gooseberries Currants and gooseberries are all species of the genus Ribes, which is found in northern Europe and North America.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • "Ribes," says he -- Ribes was one of Napoleon's physicians -- "was right when he said that in the midst of the army, and especially of the Imperial guard, I could not lose my life.

    Napoleon's Campaign in Russia Anno 1812

  • A passing signal that autumn is coming, the leaves of Ribes odoratum (the native clove currant) are beautifully washed with scarlet.

    K-State Gardens « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • The principal species in the forests include southern beech Nothofagus antarctica, N. pumilio (the most abundant), N. betuloides (at its southernmost limit), and N. dombeyi (which replaces N. betuloides from 48°S); other typical species are Fuchsia magellanica, Winter's bark Drimys winteri, Ribes magellanicus, Berberis buxifolia, Pernettya mucronata, Philesia buxifolia, and Guaytecas Islands cypress Pilgerodendron uviferum (R).

    Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

  • "I found the interlocking bitterness of [Alan] Ayckbourn's play (adapted by Jean-Michel Ribes) irritating and overly neat, and these people don't seem to belong to Paris or London or anywhere else, at least not anytime in the last 20 years," writes Salon's Andrew O'Hehir of Private Fears.

    GreenCine Daily: Resnais. Coeurs and Muriel.

  • "Private Fears in Public Places is an adaptation (by Jean-Michel Ribes) of an Alan Ayckbourn play so cinematic that it could stand as a treatise on how translation to the screen can bring added dimension and meaning to theatrical material," writes Kevin Thomas.

    GreenCine Daily: Shorts, 5/10.

  • Associated broadleaf species are the willow-like Chosenia arbutifolia, aspen Populus tremula, birches Betula pendula, and B. alba, Siberian rowan Sorbus sibirica, Siberian almond Amygdalys pedunculata, bird cherry Prunus asiatica, Siberian apricot P. sibirica with an understorey of honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum and currants Ribes rubrum, R. nigrum.

    Lake Baikal Basin, Russian Federation

  • The floodplain island terraces are dominated by willow Salix spp., rowan Sorbus aucuparia, blackcurrant Ribes nigrum and bird cherry Prunus padus.

    Virgin Komi Forests, Russian Federation

  • Inland shrubs of Fuchsia, Ribes, Hebe, Gaultheria and Empetrum accompany, while in coastal situations Hebe elliptica forms a dense scrub.

    Magellanic subpolar forests


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.