goose·​ber·​ry | \ˈgüs-ˌber-ē, 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

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Hours for picking blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Berries are ripe for the picking at Northwest Indiana farms," 6 July 2018 And what a marvelous assortment of puddings there are: rhubarb tarts; gooseberry fools; luscious concoctions of berries, meringue and whipped cream; and all manner of trifles. David Tanis, New York Times, "Bread Pudding Sheds Its Sweet Image," 4 May 2018 Bracing acidity gives way to a floral essence, with additional notes of gooseberry, lime, anise and stony minerality. Michael Austin,, "If you think you don't like Chablis, maybe you haven't tried the real thing," 21 Mar. 2018 Your body will thank you. 1 oz. Bacco rum .5 oz. lime juice 1 oz. Banane du Brésil .25 oz. simple syrup 3 muddled fermented gooseberriessparkling wine Combine ingredients in a tin with ice, shake, then strain into a coupe glass. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "The 5 Best Cocktail Trends for 2018," 8 Feb. 2018 And Chauhan Ale & Masala House in Nashville has an entire in-house fermentation program for fruits and vegetables (like gooseberry and pumpkin) to supplement its drinks list. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "The 5 Best Cocktail Trends for 2018," 8 Feb. 2018 Of all of the animals handling food in Disney movies, none are more endearing than the birds who help Snow White prepare a gooseberry pie for Grumpy. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "The 11 Best Food Scenes in Disney Movies," 4 Oct. 2017 Brown bear and deer are frequent park visitors, lured by the scent of blackcurrants and gooseberries, while rarer flora like Armenian Saint John's wort and edible scorzonera grow among rocks and along cliffsides. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "How Armenia Plans to Become the Next World-Class Hiking Destination," 6 Oct. 2017 The signature style of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, which Cloudy Bay helped introduce to the world is known for its bright, bracing acidity – and flavors of lime, gooseberry, and passionfruit. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "3 Things You Never Knew About Your Favorite White Wines," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of gooseberry

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of gooseberry

: 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


goose·​ber·​ry | \ˈgüs-ˌber-ē, ˈgüz-\
plural gooseberries

Kids Definition of gooseberry

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

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