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

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The bushes popped with gooseberries and red and black currants. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "In Sweden, a DIY dining adventure," 26 July 2019 Flavors range from tamarind and spicy mango to pine nut, gooseberry, and rice. Birmingham Magazine,, "Where to get the best summertime treats in Birmingham," 24 July 2019 After a main course of River Test trout, lemon cake with elderflower cream and gooseberries was served for dessert., "Kate Middleton Recycles Off-the-Shoulder Gown (and Sports Sparkling Heels!) for Glam Night Out," 12 June 2019 The sea gooseberry is on the left, the lobed comb jelly on the right. Quanta Magazine, "Did Neurons Evolve Twice?," 25 Mar. 2015 Amal is wearing the velvet version in a gooseberry shade. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Wore a Slinky Velvet Minidress to Jennifer Aniston's 50th Birthday Party," 10 Feb. 2019 Mouthwatering snacks including salt and vinegar popcorn, burrata with gooseberries, and a potato rosti with sweet corn, peach, and chamomile pistou. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Denver’s Coolest Bars, Restaurants, and Shops Are All in This One Neighborhood," 6 Nov. 2018 Some gooseberry sawflies can go through four generations during a summer. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s eating your currant bushes and ‘spitting’ on your wild roses," 13 July 2018 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

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


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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