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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Currant  \Cur"rant\  (k?r"rant),  n.  [F.  corinthe  (raisins  de 
  Corinthe  raisins  of  Corinth)  currant  (in  sense  1),  from  the 
  city  of  Corinth  in  Greece,  whence,  probably,  the  small  dried 
  grape  (1)  was  first  imported,  the  Ribes  fruit  (2)  receiving 
  the  name  from  its  resemblance  to  that  grape.] 
  1.  A  small  kind  of  seedless  raisin,  imported  from  the  Levant, 
  chiefly  from  Zante  and  Cephalonia  --  used  in  cookery. 
 
  2.  The  acid  fruit  or  berry  of  the  {Ribes  rubrum}  or  common 
  red  currant,  or  of  its  variety,  the  white  currant. 
 
  3.  (Bot.)  A  shrub  or  bush  of  several  species  of  the  genus 
  {Ribes}  (a  genus  also  including  the  gooseberry);  esp.,  the 
  {Ribes  rubrum}. 
 
  {Black  currant},a  shrub  or  bush  ({Ribes  nigrum}  and  {R. 
  floridum})  and  its  black,  strong-flavored,  tonic  fruit. 
 
  {Cherry  currant},  a  variety  of  the  red  currant,  having  a 
  strong,  symmetrical  bush  and  a  very  large  berry. 
 
  {Currant  borer}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  larva  of  an  insect  that  bores 
  into  the  pith  and  kills  currant  bushes;  specif.,  the 
  larvae  of  a  small  clearwing  moth  ({[AE]geria 
  tipuliformis})  and  a  longicorn  beetle  ({Psenocerus 
  supernotatus}). 
 
  {Currant  worm}  (Zo["o]l.),  an  insect  larva  which  eats  the 
  leaves  or  fruit  of  the  currant.  The  most  injurious  are  the 
  currant  sawfly  ({Nematus  ventricosus}),  introduced  from 
  Europe,  and  the  spanworm  ({Eufitchia  ribearia}).  The  fruit 
  worms  are  the  larva  of  a  fly  ({Epochra  Canadensis}),  and  a 
  spanworm  ({Eupithecia}). 
 
  {Flowering  currant},  {Missouri  currant},  a  species  of  {Ribes} 
  ({R.  aureum}),  having  showy  yellow  flowers. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  currant 
  n  1:  any  of  several  tart  red  or  black  berries  used  primarily  for 
  jellies  and  jams 
  2:  any  of  various  deciduous  shrubs  of  the  genus  Ribes  bearing 
  currants  [syn:  {currant  bush}] 
  3:  small  dried  seedless  raisin  grown  in  the  Mediterranean 
  region  and  California;  used  in  cooking 




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