Definition of physalis in English:

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: phy·sa·lis

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