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

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First Known Use of gooseberry

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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25 Sep 2022

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“Gooseberry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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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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