ri·​bes | \ ˈrī-(ˌ)bēz How to pronounce ribes (audio) \
plural ribes

Definition of 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

First Known Use of ribes

1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ribes

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

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“Ribes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribes. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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