ground cherry

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noun

Also called husk tomato. any of several plants belonging to the genus Physalis, of the nightshade family, the several species bearing an edible berry enclosed in an enlarged calyx.
any of several European dwarf cherries, especially Prunus fruticosa, of the rose family.
the fruit of any of these plants.

Nearby words

  1. ground beetle,
  2. ground bug,
  3. ground bundle,
  4. ground cable,
  5. ground cedar,
  6. ground cloth,
  7. ground color,
  8. ground connection,
  9. ground control,
  10. ground cover

Origin of ground cherry

First recorded in 1595–1605

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Examples from the Web for ground cherry

  • There were some ground-cherry bushes growing along the furrows, full of fruit.

    My Antonia|Willa Cather
  • The physalis is also known as the ground-cherry or husk-tomato.



British Dictionary definitions for ground cherry

ground cherry

noun

any of various American solanaceous plants of the genus Physalis, esp P. pubescens, having round fleshy fruit enclosed in a bladder-like huskSee also winter cherry, gooseberry (def. 4)
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