Definition of blackcurrant in English:


Line breaks: black|cur¦rant
Pronunciation: /blakˈkʌr(ə)nt


  • 1A small round edible black berry which grows in loose hanging clusters.
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    • There were stalls piled with pyramids of different coloured berries - deep purple blackcurrants, scarlet strawberries, pink lingonberries and bright orange slushy cloudberries.
    • My mum used to make the world's best ever blackcurrant pie - she made home grown blackcurrants into a pie that I could polish off on my own over several evenings.
    • Others, such as cooking apples, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries, have more pectin and set without any help.
  • 2The widely cultivated shrub which bears blackcurrants.
    • Ribes nigrum, family Grossulariaceae
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    • The blackcurrant, R. nigrum, was first cultivated a century later than the red, and for a long time was considered to be distinctly inferior.
    • Elderberries and blackcurrants grew in the hedgerows.
    • The original blackcurrants grew in N. Europe and in Asia as far east as the Himalayas.

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