gooseberry

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noun goose·ber·ry \ˈgüs-ˌber-ē, ˈgüz-, -b(ə-)rē, chiefly British ˈgu̇z-\

Definition of gooseberry

  1. 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

  2. 2 :  currant 2

Illustration of gooseberry

1573

First Known Use of gooseberry

1573


GOOSEBERRY Defined for English Language Learners

gooseberry

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Definition of gooseberry for English Language Learners

  • : a small green berry that has a sour taste

  • : an extra person who is present when two other people (such as lovers) want to be alone together


GOOSEBERRY Defined for Kids

gooseberry

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noun goose·ber·ry \ˈgüs-ˌber-ē, ˈgüz-\

Definition of gooseberry for Students

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gooseberries

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



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