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ground cherry

noun

  1. 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.
  2. any of several European dwarf cherries, especially Prunus fruticosa, of the rose family.
  3. the fruit of any of these plants.


ground cherry

noun

  1. any of various American solanaceous plants of the genus Physalis, esp P. pubescens, having round fleshy fruit enclosed in a bladder-like husk See also winter cherry gooseberry


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Word History and Origins

Origin of ground cherry1

First recorded in 1595–1605
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Example Sentences

The Physalis, Husk tomato or Ground cherry is quite distinct, botanically.

The physalis is also known as the ground-cherry or husk-tomato.

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

This Ground Cherry has beautiful purple flowers, each with a white-rayed, woolly star in the center of the corolla.

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