goose·​ber·​ry ˈgüs-ˌber-ē How to pronounce gooseberry (audio)
 chiefly British  ˈgu̇z-
: 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)
: a shrub bearing gooseberries

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Illustration of gooseberry
  • leaves and fruit

Examples of gooseberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each chef had five minutes to taste ingredients like anchovies, za’atar, okra, pork chops, quinoa, umeboshi, gooseberries, watermelon, flank steak and more. Should've been a cinch for these chefs’ refined palates, right? Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 5 June 2024 Now Uh and wife Mina Park focus on a succinct $110 tasting menu, served at a just-right pace designed for Angelenos, with centerpieces like skate wing ssam cradled in butter lettuce with fresh herbs and brightening slicks of gooseberry emulsion and seaweed remoulade. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Chef Will Gilson makes excellent use of scallops’ briny, milky texture with a crudo drizzled in brown butter, with flashes of flavor from gooseberries and spicy jalapeño. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Feb. 2024 During the summer, his galettes incorporated local gooseberries, peaches, plums and raspberries. Anne Brockhoff, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Apples, pears, plums, cherries, currants, gooseberries, and more can all be trained as cordons and pruned to maintain this form. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 25 July 2023 The gooseberry bush is exploding with bright yellow fruit, and their 3-year-old son, Isaac, skips barefoot to investigate a pear tree that flowers next to kale, carrots, lemon balm, and strawberries. Alfredo Sosa, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Dec. 2023 The hero ingredient of this product is Amla (also known as Indian gooseberry), which is an antioxidant-rich superfood that has been known to help treat baldness and hair thinning. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 28 Oct. 2023 Ground cherries go by several nicknames, such as cape gooseberries, husk tomatoes, and poha berry. Susan Brownstein, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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 21 Jun. 2024.

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goose·​ber·​ry ˈgüs-ˌber-ē How to pronounce gooseberry (audio)
: the acid usually prickly fruit of any of several shrubs related to the currant

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