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 Wanting Megxit, longing for the days when Harry played gooseberry to Wills and Kate, could be compared to liking a TV series before a new showrunner took over. Aida Amoako,, 11 June 2021 Lovely aromatics open, on this 2020 Cloudy Bay, with lime, gooseberry and peach mingling with a little boxwood and the perfume of tropical blossoms. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2021 Crumb cakes moistened with poached pear or blueberry and gooseberry. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2021 As the region was settled by pioneers, many hillsides were grazed and burned, which again provided an ideal environment for red oak, as well as American basswood, sugar maple and prickly gooseberry. Star Tribune, 3 Apr. 2021 The reserve has a one-way, two-mile loop trail that runs through 23 different plant areas, including the early spring blooms of witch hazel, gooseberry and western trillium. Cameron Walker, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2021 Grapefruit and guava mid palate and a gooseberry finish. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 These will not work on the sawfly larvae that attack gooseberries and currants. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2020 With Fresh Garnishes For one starter, Aglietti served scallop crudo topped with sliced gooseberries, red chili and basil leaves plucked from her home garden. Anna Furman, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2020

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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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21 Jun 2021

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“Gooseberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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