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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gooseberry currant-like berry used primarily in jams and jellies
    • n gooseberry spiny Eurasian shrub having greenish purple-tinged flowers and ovoid yellow-green or red-purple berries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gooseberry A silly person; a goose cap.
    • Gooseberry (Bot) Any thorny shrub of the genus Ribes; also, the edible berries of such shrub. There are several species, of which Ribes Grossularia is the one commonly cultivated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gooseberry The berry or fruit of a plant of the genus Ribes, or the plant itself; in botany, a general term for the species of the genus Ribes which belong to the section Grossularia, as the name currant is applied to those of the section Ribesia. They are thorny or prickly shrubs, and the fruit is usually hairy. The common cultivated gooseberry, Ribes Grossularia, bearing the fruit of the same name, is a native of Europe and Asia. It is cultivated extensively in northern Europe, but succeeds only moderately in America; and many varieties have been produced, the fruit differing in size, color, and quality, as well as in hairiness. The wild gooseberries of North America include several species, the fruit of which is rarely eaten.
    • n gooseberry A silly person; a goosecap.
    • gooseberry Relating to or made of gooseberries: as, gooseberry wine.
    • n gooseberry The farkleberry, Batodendron arboreum: doubtless so called from its somewhat similar fruit. See farkleberry.
    • n gooseberry The Coromandel goosebery (which see).
    • n gooseberry One of several species of Polycodium. See squaw-huckleberry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gooseberry gōōz′ber-i the berry or fruit of a shrub of the same name
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Corrupted for groseberry, or groiseberry, fr. OF. groisele, F. groseille, -- of German origin; cf. G. krausbeere, kräuselbeere,fr. kraus, crisp), D. kruisbes, kruisbezie,as if crossberry, fr. kruis, cross; for kroesbes, kroesbezie, fr. kroes, crisp), Sw. krusbär,fr. krus, krusing, crisp). The first part of the word is perh. akin to E. curl,. Cf. Grossular (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prof. Skeat says goose- is for grose- or groise-, which appears in O. Fr. groisele, grosele, gooseberry, Scot. grossart, from the Mid. High Ger. krus (Ger. kraus), crisp, curled.


In literature:

Ten minutes later, trundling it down a cinder path, his eye fell on an object lying beneath a gooseberry bush.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Lieutenant's Attendant to buy him some Honey-Blobbs, which is the Scottish name for ripe Gooseberries.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
The fruit is very agreeable, and in taste resembles the gooseberry, and is very cooling.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Gooseberry-fool, its derivation, 496.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
A little wild gooseberry bush overhung the spot, and I fancied that I had my apples safely hidden.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Milk soup with sago, German pancakes, gooseberry compote.
"Food for the Traveler" by Dora Cathrine Cristine Liebel Roper
The gooseberry, strawberry, and blackberry, grow wild and in great profusion.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
Not a house, not a romantic spot could he imagine without its gooseberry-bush.
"The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories" by Anton Tchekoff
Reggie, leading the way a few paces in front, between close rows of gooseberry bushes, heard every word, and he set his teeth.
"The Girls of St. Olave's" by Mabel Mackintosh
Then we'll all meet at the junction of the Big Horn and Gooseberry Creek.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
Yet, however, she wanted a dessert, and some gooseberries growing under a weeping willow furnished it.
"Nobody's Girl" by Hector Malot
Preserved fruit was served with the fish, and gooseberry jam with the roast.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
Roast chicken and gooseberry pie the dinner was, and for tea there was cake with almond icing on it.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
Carberry is an old Scotch name for gooseberry.
"Mary Queen of Scots, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
He did not see her until he was close, for a tangled gooseberry bush stood between them.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
The English Currants are of an entirely different family; and are closely allied to the Gooseberry.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
I wuz kinder attracted to it, for it looked some like the rail fence round our gooseberry bushes.
"Samantha at Coney Island" by Marietta Holley
And she fed it on ginger and gooseberry jam.
"Rhymes Old and New" by M.E.S. Wright
For green gooseberries dissolve the sugar in the water, then add the fruit and cook fifteen minutes.
"Canned Fruit, Preserves, and Jellies: Household Methods of Preparation" by Maria Parloa
And don't go eating any green apples or gooseberries.
"A Tale of the Summer Holidays" by G. Mockler

In poetry:

Does he beat his wife with a gold-topped pipe,
When she let the gooseberries grow too ripe,
or ROT,
The Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear
There was an Old Person of Leeds,
Whose head was infested with beads;
She sat on a stool,
And ate gooseberry fool,
Which agreed with that person of Leeds.
"Limerick: There was an Old Person of Leeds" by Edward Lear
And luscious strawberries all faceted
With glittering lobes-and all the lovelier seen
In contrast with the loquat's duller red,
And vulgar gooseberry's unlustrous green.
"A Basket of Summer Fruit" by Charles Harpur
Likewise there were beautiful Apples there to be seen
Also beautiful pears which enchanted the scent
Besides red Gooseberries and White currants
And distinct six fine foliage Plants
"The Dundee Flower Show:Dedicated to the Right Honourable Earl of Dalhousie" by William Topaz McGonagall
And the villagers' gardens are lovely to be seen,
There sweet flowers grow and gooseberries green.
And the fragrant air will make you feel gay
While viewing the scenery there on the banks of the Tay.
"The Village of Tayport and Its Surroundings" by William Topaz McGonagall
Now Sally's a year old. Little Martha's delighted;
"Her birth-day we'll keep," so her friends are invited,
"A gooseberry-pye we'll accomplish, if able,
So large, that, perhaps, it will break down the table."
"The Birth-Day" by William Hutton

In news:

Gooseberry River in full roar after record storm.
KTTN/KGOZ Sports: Gooseberry Festival's 5K and 10K runs will be Saturday.
The 2012 Gooseberry Festival's 5K/10K Walk-Run, sponsored by the Grundy County Health Department, will be held on Saturday, June 16th at Eastside Park.
KTTN/KGOZ News: Gooseberry Festival time has arrived in Trenton.
Scenes from frosty Gooseberry Falls State Park and the north shore of Lake Superior.
Local woman featured in Gooseberry Patch Cookbook.
Julie Marsh of Bedford County was recently featured in the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook.
A delicious recipe for when elderflowers are coming into bloom and gooseberries aren't quite ripe.
2 pounds green gooseberries .
First top and tail the gooseberries .
Add the gooseberries and simmer just until the fruit bursts.
The middle falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park under a full moon.
A sharp and bright sauvignon blanc that dares to leave the realm of grapefruit and gooseberry -- its acids clean, its midpalate juicy and full.
Recently I was fortunate enough to receive an advance review copy of "Fresh from the Farmstand" from Gooseberry Patch.
Proposed dam on Gooseberry Creek draws criticism in new video.