noun ri·bes \ˈrī-(ˌ)bēz\

Definition of ribes



  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of ribes

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

First Known Use: 1753

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