black currant

noun

Definition of 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

Examples of black currant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The scent notes are fig, black currant, and cedarwood. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Beauty Editors on Their Signature Winter Fragrances," 30 Oct. 2020 Sugar, grapeseed oil and meadowfoam and black currant seed oils are the star ingredients that work together to prevent moisture loss while softening rough skin. NBC News, "How to heal dry, chapped lips, according to dermatologists," 20 Feb. 2020 In it, aromatic notes of white pepper, tobacco, and black currant mingle with the taste of dark plums, black raspberry, French vanilla, and a subtle hint of tart black cherry. Laura Jung, Harper's BAZAAR, "72 Hours in Spanish Wine Country," 18 Dec. 2019 Once cut open, the pigeon is plated alongside endives braised in black currant and the juices of the bird. Fortune, "Exploring America’s Obscure Tableside Presentation Traditions," 29 Sep. 2019 That said, the complimentary mignardises at the end of the meal, like a black currant pate de fruit, left a positive impression each time. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Aziza: Resurrection," 6 Dec. 2019 Before Dex breaks loose, one thug sings the praises of a special brew, and its flavors of caramel and black currant. oregonlive, "‘Stumptown'; What the TV series gets wrong (and right) about Portland," 26 Nov. 2019 Apple butter can also contain up to 12% mold, which is better than cherry jam, which can be 30% moldy, or black currant jam, which can be 75% moldy. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Bugs, rodent hair and poop: How much is legally allowed in the food you eat every day?," 4 Oct. 2019 The barrel aging also takes some of the sweetness out of the ridiculous amount of Minnesota blueberries, black currants, raspberries and blackberries in the beer to give it sort of a wine quality without all the booziness of wine. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "First Foeder-fermented beer from BlackStack is a winner," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of black currant

1629, in the meaning defined above

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“Black currant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black%20currant. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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