ribes

noun

ri·​bes ˈrī-(ˌ)bēz How to pronounce ribes (audio)
plural ribes
: any of a genus (Ribes) of shrubs (such as a currant or a gooseberry) placed either in the saxifrage or gooseberry family that have small racemose variously colored flowers and pulpy 2-seeded to many-seeded berries

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, currant, from Arabic rībās rhubarb

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ribes was in 1753

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“Ribes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribes. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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