Definition of physalis in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪsəlɪs/
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪsəlɪs/ Pronunciation: /fʌɪˈseɪlɪs/


A plant of a genus that includes the Cape gooseberry and Chinese lantern, which has an inflated lantern-like 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).

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: phy|sa¦lis

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.