goose·​ber·​ry | \ ˈgüs-ˌber-ē How to pronounce gooseberry (audio) , ˈgüz-, -b(ə-)rē, chiefly British ˈgu̇z- \

Definition of gooseberry

1a : the acid usually prickly fruit of any of several shrubs (genus Ribes, especially R. hirtellum of the U.S. and R. uva-crispa of Europe) grouped especially formerly in the saxifrage family but now often placed in a separate family (Grossulariaceae, the gooseberry family)
b : a shrub bearing gooseberries

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gooseberry: leaves and fruit

Examples of gooseberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mango and lime pickles are commonly sold in the United States, but nothing escapes pickling in India: plums and hog plums, cherries and chokecherries, sprouted fenugreek seeds, bamboo shoots, fat gooseberries, hibiscus flowers and green walnuts. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "India’s ‘Pickle Queen’ Preserves Everything, Including the Past," 6 Jan. 2020 Reception-style dishes include wild mushroom and pecorino roulade, sea scallop ceviche with gooseberries, Pyramid goat cheese crisp with quince and hazelnut, and Kusshi oyster with Osetra caviar and yuzu gelee. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "New Year's Eve Dining: Here are 39 restaurants open on 12/31 in metro Phoenix," 20 Dec. 2019 Moroz and his collaborators published a second ctenophore genome, the sea gooseberry, in Nature in 2014. Quanta Magazine, "Did Neurons Evolve Twice?," 25 Mar. 2015 The bushes popped with gooseberries and red and black currants. Andrea Sachs,, "Forest to table: An invitation to a DIY dining adventure in Sweden," 12 Aug. 2019 For Onwuachi, a cucumber-avocado tomato salad in a gooseberry piri piri sauce and plates of fluffy orange jollof rice reflected a childhood spent in both New York and Nigeria. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "For one night, Portland was the unlikely center of African-American cooking in the United States," 17 Sep. 2019 Among the unique beers are the Milkshake Pina Colada IPA with coconut and pineapple; the Outdoor Shower, which has sweet lemon and ruby red grapefruit; and the green pear and gooseberry IPA., "Cape Cod is officially awash in craft beer - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 Alex Rowland, owner of Superior Culture, got his start at the market and has earned a reputation for his small-batch kombucha brewed with local grains, honey and seasonal fruit, like gooseberries from Blueberry Knoll Farm. Layla Khoury-hanold,, "Fresh Marquette: Outdoor sports haven in Michigan’s U.P. serves up booming culinary scene," 28 Aug. 2019 Avila shops at the Glassell Park location weekly, for both himself and his Arts District restaurant, loading up on cooking oils, spices and specialty produce such as gooseberries and oyster mushrooms. Jamie Feldmar, Los Angeles Times, "Super King is L.A.’s most beloved international supermarket — and the customers are fiercely loyal," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of gooseberry

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of gooseberry was in 1573

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“Gooseberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gooseberry

: a small green berry that has a sour taste
British, informal : an extra person who is present when two other people (such as lovers) want to be alone together


goose·​ber·​ry | \ ˈgüs-ˌber-ē How to pronounce gooseberry (audio) , ˈgüz- \
plural gooseberries

Kids Definition of gooseberry

: the sour berry of a thorny bush related to the currant

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