black currant


: a European perennial currant (Ribes nigrum) bearing aromatic edible black berries that are used especially in flavoring liqueur (such as cassis)
also : the fruit

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Smooth Operator from the nitro section contains Brugal 1888, Fernet-Branca, Sweetz cold brew, Borghetti and black currant. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2023 In the mouth there are silky tannins and flavors of black plum, black currant and ripe pomegranate with a long, long finish. Mike Desimone And Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 11 Nov. 2022 There is a pleasantly firm tannic structure with flavors of black currant, black plum and red raspberry. Mike Desimone And Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2023 Kir is a traditional French cocktail made with black currant liqueur and white wine. Frederick Tippett, Sunset Magazine, 9 Dec. 2022 This beard shampoo is full of sensitive skin-friendly ingredients like black currant, rosemary, and coconut oil to soothe dry skin while softening beard hairs. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 28 Dec. 2022 Where a mule would have bitters, though, the El Diablo is spiked with a touch of creme de cassis, a black currant liqueur most famous as the fruity ingredient in the Kir Royale. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2022 There’s also black currant, black raspberry and blueberry aromas. Mike Desimone And Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2023 The book’s endpapers are illustrated with berries labeled in both English and Tlingit—highbush cranberry (kaxwéix), lingonberry (dáxw), black currant (kaneilts’ákw) and more. Megan Gambino, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black currant was in 1629

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“Black currant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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