winter cherry

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noun

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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for winter cherry

winter cherry

noun

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

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