physalis

noun physa·lis \ˈfīsələ̇s, ˈfis-; fīˈsalə̇s\

Definition of physalis

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus of low-growing chiefly American annual or perennial herbs (family Solanaceae) that have an angled campanulate corolla and an inflated and sometimes brightly colored calyx enclosing a fruit which is a greenish or yellow 2-celled globular berry and that include several plants which are cultivated for their edible fruit or their showy calyxes — see cape gooseberry, chinese lantern plant, ground-cherry, strawberry tomato

  2. 2 plural -es :  any plant of the genus Physalis

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Origin and Etymology of physalis

New Latin, modification of Late Greek physallis Chinese lantern plant, from Greek, bladder, bubble


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