from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various deciduous, spineless shrubs of the genus Ribes, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and having flowers in racemes and edible, variously colored berries.
- n. The fruits of any of these plants, used for jams, jellies, desserts, or beverages.
- n. A small seedless raisin of the Mediterranean region, used chiefly in baking.
- n. Any of several other plants or their fruit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small dried grape, usually the Black Corinth grape, rarely more than 4mm diameter when dried.
- n. The fruit of various shrubs of the genus Ribes, either white, black or red.
- n. A shrub bearing such fruit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small kind of seedless raisin, imported from the Levant, chiefly from Zante and Cephalonia; -- used in cookery.
- n. The acid fruit or berry of the Ribes rubrum or common red currant, or of its variety, the white currant.
- n. A shrub or bush of several species of the genus Ribes (a genus also including the gooseberry); esp., the Ribes rubrum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete spelling of current and courant.
- n. A very small kind of raisin or dried grape imported from the Levant, chiefly from Zante and Cephalonia, and used in cookery.
- n. The small round fruit (a berry) of several species of Ribes, natural order Saxifragaceæ; the plant producing this fruit: so called because the berries resemble in size the small grapes from the Levant.
- n. In Australia and Tasmania, a species of Leucopogon, especially
- n. A name for various melastomaceous species of tropical America, bearing edible berries, especially of the genera
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several tart red or black berries used primarily for jellies and jams
- n. any of various deciduous shrubs of the genus Ribes bearing currants
- n. small dried seedless raisin grown in the Mediterranean region and California; used in cooking
From Middle English (raysons of) coraunte, (raisins of) Corinth, currants, from Anglo-Norman (raisins de) Corauntz, from Latin Corinthus, Corinth, from Greek Korinthos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French raisins de Corinthe, raisins (grapes?) of Corinth, the city in Greece. (Wiktionary)