Meaning of CURRANT in English


/kerr"euhnt, kur"-/ , n.

1. a small seedless raisin, produced chiefly in California and in the Levant, and used in cookery and confectionery.

2. the small, edible, acid, round fruit or berry of certain wild or cultivated shrubs of the genus Ribes.

3. the shrub itself.

4. any of various similar fruits or shrubs.

[ 1300-50; shortened from ME raysons of Coraunte raisins of CORINTH, the port in Greece from which they orig. came ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .