noun, plural goose·ber·ries.
Examples from the Web for gooseberry
You can also see the remains of the “gooseberry”—the artificial breakwater the Allies created off the beach.D-Day Historian Craig Symonds Talks About History’s Most Amazing Invasion|Marc Wortman|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
G was a gooseberry, Perfectly red; To be made into jam, And eaten with bread.Nonsense Books|Edward Lear
It was full of gooseberry trees, and I was permitted to eat the gooseberries without stint.Mark Rutherford's Deliverance|Mark Rutherford
There was the gooseberry tart, and again, a few minutes later, it was not there.Plum Pudding|Christopher Morley
In a quarter of an hour more, the cab stopped in Shore Lane, and Gooseberry opened the door for us to get out.The Moonstone|Wilkie Collins
Why should they not have a cherry, or a gooseberry, as well as bigger children?'Autobiography, Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale) (2nd ed.) (2 vols.)|Mrs. Hester Lynch Piozzi
British Dictionary definitions for gooseberry
noun plural -ries
- the berry of this plant
- (as modifier)gooseberry jam
Word Origin and History for gooseberry
1530s, perhaps from German Krausebeere or Kräuselbeere, related to Middle Dutch croesel "gooseberry," and to German kraus "crispy, curly" [Klein, etc.]. Under this theory, gooseberry would be folk etymology. But OED editors find no reason to prefer this to a literal reading, because "the grounds on which plants and fruits have received names associating them with animals are so commonly inexplicable, that the want of appropriateness in the meaning affords no sufficient ground for assuming that the word is an etymological corruption."