• synonyms


  1. See Chinese lantern, strawberry tomato
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Word Origin

New Latin, from Greek physallis a bladder (from the form of the calyx)
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Historical Examples

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

    The Vegetable Garden


  • The physalis will self-sow and may become a weed, but it is easily controlled.

  • There are a large number of varieties of the physalis, and the fruits vary in size and color.

  • For example, take the Physalis alkekengi, a member of the Nightshade family or Solanace.

    Everyday Objects

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • We caught today a Portuguese man of war (Physalis) of a very different species from those which we had taken in the Indian ocean.

physalis in Medicine


  1. A vacuole in a giant cell of certain malignant neoplasms, such as chondromas.
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