Cape-gooseberry definition

A tropical South American ground cherry (Physalis peruviana) having yellow flowers with purple centers and an inflated calyx enclosing an edible yellow berry used to make jam, sauces, and desserts.
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A tropical South American plant, Physalis peruviana, with a bright yellow, edible fruit.
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The fruit of this plant.
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Noun

Singular:
cape-gooseberry
Plural:
cape gooseberries

Origin of cape-gooseberry

  • After the Cape of Good Hope where European settlers introduced the plant in the early 1800s (its cultivation later speading from there to other parts of the English-speaking world)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition