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
2 : currant 2
Recent Examples of gooseberry from the Web
Roasted tomatoes and halved gooseberries nestle in a pool of kefir and roasted kale oil; avocado wedges rolled in roasted seeds and nuts are separated by sorrel leaves; pea tips and tendrils garnish a stack of fried cheese dumplings.
OEC's special Experimentalis series features only fresh fruits grown in the property's citrus greenhouse and fruit orchards, including gooseberries, raspberries, Meyer lemons, limes and peaches.
In addition to the horticultural offerings, a wide selection of pick-your-own fruits — from gooseberries and cherries to plums and pears — draws crowds.
Back in the 1970s, the Chinese gooseberry went global — cultivated in New Zealand and shipped to the world — after being rechristened as the friendlier kiwi.
Plant raspberries, strawberries, serviceberries, currants and gooseberries now.
There are plenty to call out, from the Hug A Wild Cat (cachaca, pisco, El Jimador Blanco with gooseberry jam and kumquat) to the Cocktail à la Louisiane (Johnny Walker Gold Reserve, oat husk infusion, absinthe and that voodoo smoke again).
Other early blooming natives include gooseberry (Ribes speciosum) and chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum).
Bushes Try highbush blueberries, gooseberries, and Nanking cherry.
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First Known Use of gooseberry
GOOSEBERRY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of gooseberry for Students
: the sour berry of a thorny bush related to the currant
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