Gooseberry (// or // (American and northern British) or // (southern British)), is a common name for many species of Ribes (which also includes currants), as well as a large number of plants of similar appearance. The berries of those in the genus Ribes (sometimes placed in the genus Grossularia) are edible and may be green, red, purple, yellow, white, or black. For a list of Gooseberry species, see List of gooseberries.
From goose + berry. It is 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.
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡusˌbɛɹi/
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡʊzb(ə)ɹi/, /ˈɡuːsb(ə)ɹi/
gooseberry (plural gooseberries)
- A fruit, Ribes uva-crispa, related to the currant.
- We had a good haul of gooseberries from our bushes