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gooseberry (shrub)

Definition:

a spiny Eurasian shrub having greenish purple-tinged flowers and ovoid yellow-green or red-purple berries

Class:

plant noun (plants and fungi)

Plural:

gooseberries

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

Ribes grossularia [species] | Ribes uva-crispa [species] | gooseberry bush | R. grossularia [abbreviation, species]

Etymology:

perhaps from German Krausebeere or Kräuselbeere, related to Middle Dutch croesel...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of gooseberry...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Gooseberry | Ribes grossularia | Ribes uva-crispa [species]

or /ˈɡʊzbəri/ ;, with scientific names Ribes uva-crispa, is a species of Ribes. It's native to Europe, northwestern Africa, west, south and southeast Asia. Gooseberry bushes produce an edible fruit and are grown on both a commercial and domestic... (39 of 1906 words, pronunciations, 8 images)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

gooseberry | Ribes uva-crispa [species, sense-specific]

A spiny European shrub "(Ribes uva-crispa") having lobed leaves, greenish flowers, and edible greenish to yellow or red berries. | The fruit of this ... (23 of 52 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

English gooseberry | Ribes uva-crispa [species]

a spiny Eurasian and northern African shrub of the saxifrage family, having green flowers in sparse clusters and acid, bristly green, red, or yellow ... (24 of 29 words)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/english-gooseberry

Oxford Dictionary:

gooseberry | gooseberries [plural] | goosegog [British, informal] | Ribes grossularia [species, sense-specific] | Grossulariaceae [family, member, sense-specific]

a round edible yellowish-green or reddish berry with a thin translucent hairy skin. | the thorny European shrub which bears gooseberries... | ... (20 of 122 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Collins Dictionary:

gooseberry bush | gooseberry [sense-specific] | under a gooseberry bush [sense-specific]

See "gooseberry" [sense-specific] | See "under a gooseberry bush" (8 of 319 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gooseberry-bush

Britannica Encyclopedia:

gooseberry [shrub]

fruit bush of the Northern Hemisphere, frequently placed in the genus Ribes, along with the currant, in the family Grossulariaceae; some taxonomic ... (22 of 276 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/238892​/gooseberry

Merriam-Webster:

gooseberry | currant [sense-specific, synonym] | Ribes [genus, sense-specific]

the acid usually prickly fruit of any of several shrubs (genus Ribes, ... | "currant" [sense-specific] (15 of 83 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gooseberry

Wiktionary:

gooseberry | gooseberries [plural] | goosegog [British, informal] | goosegogs [British, informal, plural] | third wheel [synonym, sense-specific] | fifth wheel [synonym, sense-specific]

A fruit closely related to the currant. | Any of several other unrelated fruits, such as the Chinese gooseberry (kiwifruit) and the Indian gooseberry (amla). | [British] An additional person who is neither necessary nor wanted in a given situation. (38 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gooseberry

Columbia Encyclopedia:

currant | gooseberry

northern shrub of the family Saxifragaceae (saxifrage family), of the same genus ("Ribes") as the gooseberry bush. The tart berries of the currant may ... (24 of 138 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

gooseberry [countable] | gooseberries [plural] | be a gooseberry

a small green fruit with a sour taste that grows on a bush and can be cooked to make sweet foods | "be a gooseberry": [British, informal] or play ... (28 of 69 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gooseberry

New World Dictionary:

gooseberry | gooseberries [plural]

a small, sour berry used in making preserves, pies, etc.: it resembles a currant but is larger | any of various prickly shrubs (genus Ribes) of the ... (26 of 63 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gooseberry

Cambridge Dictionary:

gooseberry

a small green fruit covered with short hairs, which grows on a bush and has a sour taste (18 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gooseberry

Encarta Dictionary:

gooseberry | gooseberries [plural]

an acid-tasting green or sometimes red fruit of a spiny plant, usually eaten cooked and sweetened (often used before a noun) | a spiny fruit bush that ... (26 of 77 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861614692​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

gooseberry

First use: 1530s

Origin: perhaps from German Krausebeere or Kräuselbeere, related to Middle Dutch croesel "gooseberry", and to German kraus ... (17 of 86 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

gooseberry | gooseberries [plural]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: the first element perhaps from "goose", or perhaps based on Old French groseille, altered because of an unexplained association with the bird | ... (25 of 42 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gooseberry

Wiktionary:

gooseberry | gooseberries [plural]

Origin: goose + berry. It's possible that the first element was originally something related to the gros- of French groseille and/or the kruis- of Dutch kruisbes but has been altered by folk etymology.

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New World Dictionary:

gooseberry | gooseberries [plural]

Origin: as if from "goose" + "berry", but probably folk-etymology form for *grose berie, akin to dialect grosel, gooseberry ( from French ... (21 of 25 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

gooseberry

Origin: goose (probably shortening and alteration by folk-etymology of French groseille, gooseberry; see "grossularite") + "berry".

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

gooseberry | gooseberries [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gooseberry"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gooseberry

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gooseberry [countable] | gooseberries [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gooseberry"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gooseberry

Macmillan American Dictionary:

gooseberry [countable] | gooseberries [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gooseberry"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/gooseberry

Cambridge Dictionary:

gooseberry

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "gooseberry"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "gooseberry"

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the Free Dictionary:

gooseberry

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "gooseberry"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "gooseberry"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "gooseberry" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

gooseberry | gooseberries [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "gooseberry"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

gooseberry

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gooseberry"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=gooseb​01 word=gooseberry

YourDictionary Audio:

gooseberry

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gooseberry" by speech synthesizer

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