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.

Origin of winter cherry

First recorded in 1540–50
Also called alkekengi.
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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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