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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gooseberry  \Goose"ber*ry\,  n.;  pl  {Gooseberries},  [Corrupted 
  for  groseberry  or  groiseberry,  fr  OF  groisele  F. 
  groseille  --  of  German  origin;  cf  G.  krausbeere 
  kr["a]uselbeere  (fr.  kraus  crisp),  D.  kruisbes  kruisbezie 
  (as  if  crossberry  fr  kruis  cross;  for  kroesbes  kroesbezie 
  fr  kroes  crisp),  Sw  krusb["a]r  (fr.  krus,  krusing  crisp). 
  The  first  part  of  the  word  is  perh.  akin  to  E.  curl.  Cf 
  {Grossular},  a.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  Any  thorny  shrub  of  the  genus  {Ribes};  also  the 
  edible  berries  of  such  shrub.  There  are  several  species, 
  of  which  {Ribes  Grossularia}  is  the  one  commonly 
  cultivated. 
 
  2.  A  silly  person;  a  goose  cap.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  {Barbadoes  gooseberry},  a  climbing  prickly  shrub  ({Pereskia 
  aculeata})  of  the  West  Indies,  which  bears  edible  berries 
  resembling  gooseberries. 
 
  {Coromandel  gooseberry}.  See  {Carambola}. 
 
  {Gooseberry  fool}.  See  lst  {Fool}. 
 
  {Gooseberry  worm}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  larva  of  a  small  moth 
  ({Dakruma  convolutella}).  It  destroys  the  gooseberry  by 
  eating  the  interior. 




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