Black currant
Currant Cur"rant (k?r"rant), n. [F. corinthe (raisins de Corinthe raisins of Corinth) currant (in sense 1), from the city of Corinth in Greece, whence, probably, the small dried grape (1) was first imported, the Ribes fruit (2) receiving the name from its resemblance to that grape.] [1913 Webster] 1. A small kind of seedless raisin, imported from the Levant, chiefly from Zante and Cephalonia; -- used in cookery. [1913 Webster]

2. The acid fruit or berry of the {Ribes rubrum} or common red currant, or of its variety, the white currant. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) A shrub or bush of several species of the genus {Ribes} (a genus also including the gooseberry); esp., the {Ribes rubrum}. [1913 Webster]

{Black currant},a shrub or bush ({Ribes nigrum} and {Ribes floridum}) and its black, strong-flavored, tonic fruit.

{Cherry currant}, a variety of the red currant, having a strong, symmetrical bush and a very large berry.

{Currant borer} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of an insect that bores into the pith and kills currant bushes; specif., the larvae of a small clearwing moth ({[AE]geria tipuliformis}) and a longicorn beetle ({Psenocerus supernotatus}).

{Currant worm} (Zo["o]l.), an insect larva which eats the leaves or fruit of the currant. The most injurious are the currant sawfly ({Nematus ventricosus}), introduced from Europe, and the spanworm ({Eufitchia ribearia}). The fruit worms are the larva of a fly ({Epochra Canadensis}), and a spanworm ({Eupithecia}).

{Flowering currant}, {Missouri currant}, a species of {Ribes} ({Ribes aureum}), having showy yellow flowers. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Black currant — Black Black (bl[a^]k), a. [OE. blak, AS. bl[ae]c; akin to Icel. blakkr dark, swarthy, Sw. bl[ a]ck ink, Dan. bl[ae]k, OHG. blach, LG. & D. blaken to burn with a black smoke. Not akin to AS. bl[=a]c, E. bleak pallid. [root]98.] 1. Destitute of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • black currant — black ,currant noun count or uncount a small soft dark fruit that grows especially in Europe on a bush called a black currant bush …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • black currant — noun 1. widely cultivated current bearing edible black aromatic berries • Syn: ↑European black currant, ↑Ribes nigrum • Hypernyms: ↑currant, ↑currant bush • Member Holonyms: ↑Ribes, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • black currant — juodasis serbentas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Agrastinių šeimos maistinis, prieskoninis, vaisinis, vaistinis augalas (Ribes nigrum), paplitęs Europoje ir Azijoje. Naudojamas maisto priedams (kvėpikliams) gaminti, iš jo gaunamas… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • black currant — black′ cur′rant n. 1) pln the small edible fruit of a widely cultivated shrub, Ribes nigrum, of the saxifrage family 2) pln the shrub itself …   From formal English to slang

  • black currant — noun Date: 1629 a European perennial currant (Ribes nigrum) bearing aromatic edible black berries that are used especially in flavoring liqueur (as cassis); also the fruit …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • black currant — 1. the small, round, blackish, edible fruit of a widely cultivated shrub, Ribes nigrum, of the saxifrage family. 2. the shrub itself. * * * …   Universalium

  • black currant — type of berry …   English contemporary dictionary

  • black currant-tree — juodasis driežmedis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Karpažolinių šeimos vaisinis augalas (Antidesma ghaesembilla), paplitęs rytų ir pietryčių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Antidesma frutescens; Antidesma ghaesembilla angl. black currant tree… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • black-currant rust — noun : the white pine blister rust in its uredinial and telial stages …   Useful english dictionary

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