Definition of gooseberry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gooseberry

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈɡʊzbəri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡuːsberi//
 
(pl. gooseberries) Fruit
 
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  • a small green fruit that grows on a bush with thorns. Gooseberries taste sour and are usually cooked to make jam, pies, etc. Children are sometimes told that babies come from ‘under the gooseberry bush a gooseberry bush See related entries: Fruit
  • Word Origin mid 16th cent.: the first element perhaps from goose, or perhaps based on Old French groseille, altered because of an unexplained association with the bird.Idioms (British English) to be a third person with two people who have a romantic relationship and want to be alone together
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gooseberry