Currant

Definition of Currant

Cur´rant   Pronunciation: k?r´rant
n.1.
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 Ribes 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
(Zool.) the larva of an insect that bores into the pith and kills currant bushes; specif., the larvae of a small clearwing moth (Ægeria tipuliformis) and a longicorn beetle (Psenocerus supernotatus).
Currant worm
(Zool.) 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
a species of Ribes (Ribes aureum), having showy yellow flowers.

Related Words

black currant, bush, currant bush, European black currant, garden current, genus Ribes, red currant, Ribes, Ribes nigrum, Ribes rubrum, Ribes sanguineum, Ribes sativum, shrub, white currant, winter currant
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