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winter cherry

  1. Also called Chinese lantern plant. a Eurasian ground cherry, Physalis alkekengi, of the nightshade family, bearing fruit enclosed in a showy, orange-red, inflated calyx.
  2. the red, berrylike fruit of this plant.
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Origin of winter cherry

First recorded in 1540–50
Also called alkekengi.
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Examples from the Web for winter cherry

Historical Examples

  • It had eight heads, and the eyes were red, "like winter-cherry."

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis

British Dictionary definitions for winter cherry

winter cherry

  1. a Eurasian solanaceous plant, Physalis alkekengi, cultivated for its ornamental inflated papery orange-red calyx
  2. the calyx of this plant
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