noun \ˈkər-ənt, ˈkə-rənt\

: a small seedless raisin that is used in baking and cooking

: a small red, black, or white berry that is often used in making jams and jellies

Full Definition of CURRANT

:  a small seedless raisin grown chiefly in the Levant
:  the acid edible fruit of various shrubs (genus Ribes) placed in either the saxifrage or gooseberry family; also :  a plant bearing currants

Origin of CURRANT

Middle English raison of Coraunte, literally, raisin of Corinth
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CURRANT


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Currant (Ribes)—Walter Chandoha

Any shrub of at least 100 species in the genus Ribes, in the family Grossulariaceae, native to temperate climates of the Northern Hemisphere and western South America. The Rocky Mountains are especially rich in species. The flavourful, juicy, red or black berries are used chiefly in jams and jellies. Black currants are used in lozenges and for flavouring and are occasionally fermented. Currants are extremely high in vitamin C and also supply calcium, phosphorus, and iron. The name currant is also given to a seedless raisin frequently used in cooking.


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