from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A frequently cultivated Eurasian plant (Physalis alkekengi) having small red berries enclosed in inflated papery orange-red seed cases. Also called Chinese lantern plant.

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  • n. bladder cherry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. a plant (Physalis Alkekengi) of the Nightshade family, which has, a red berry inclosed in the inflated and persistent calyx. See Alkekengi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See alkekengi and strawberry-tomato.
  • n. See Solarium.
  • n. Same as heartseed.

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

  • n. small South American shrub cultivated as a houseplant for its abundant ornamental but poisonous red or yellow cherry-sized fruit
  • n. Old World perennial cultivated for its ornamental inflated papery orange-red calyx


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