Definition of physalis in English:


Syllabification: phy·sa·lis
Pronunciation: /ˈfīsəlis, ˈfis-


  • A plant of a genus that includes the cape gooseberry and Chinese lantern, which have an inflated, lanternlike calyx.
    • Genus Physalis, family Solanaceae: many species
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    • Take the physalis (cape gooseberry) I tried raising from seed for the first time this season, for instance.
    • Sow physalis in heated propagator; plant out shallots; mulch blackcurrants and raspberries; tidy strawberry bed; finish compost trenches on allotment where squash will grow; weed incessantly.
    • I've also been cheered up by the unexpected emergence of some physalis plants I'd convinced myself had died when I transplanted them.


modern Latin, from Greek phusallis 'bladder' (because of the inflated calyx).

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