Gooseberries
Gooseberry Goose"ber*ry, n.; pl. {Gooseberries}, [Corrupted for groseberry or groiseberry, fr. OF. groisele, F. groseille, -- of German origin; cf. G. krausbeere, kr["a]uselbeere (fr. kraus crisp), D. kruisbes, kruisbezie (as if crossberry, fr. kruis cross; for kroesbes, kroesbezie, fr. kroes crisp), Sw. krusb["a]r (fr. krus, krusing, crisp). The first part of the word is perh. akin to E. curl. Cf. {Grossular}, a.] 1. (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. [1913 Webster]

2. A silly person; a goose cap. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

{Barbadoes gooseberry}, a climbing prickly shrub ({Pereskia aculeata}) of the West Indies, which bears edible berries resembling gooseberries.

{Coromandel gooseberry}. See {Carambola}.

{Gooseberry fool}. See 1st {Fool}.

{Gooseberry worm} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a small moth ({Dakruma convolutella}). It destroys the gooseberry by eating the interior. [1913 Webster]


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