currant

[kur-uhnt, kuhr-]
noun
1.
a small seedless raisin, produced chiefly in California and in the Levant, and used in cookery and confectionery.
2.
the small, edible, acid, round fruit or berry of certain wild or cultivated shrubs of the genus Ribes.
3.
the shrub itself.
4.
any of various similar fruits or shrubs.

Origin:
1300–50; shortened from Middle English raysons of Coraunte raisins of Corinth, the port in Greece from which they orig. came

currant, current (see synonym study at current).
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currant (ˈkʌrənt)
 
n
1.  a small dried seedless grape of the Mediterranean region, used in cooking
2.  See also gooseberry any of several mainly N temperate shrubs of the genus Ribes, esp R. rubrum (redcurrant) and R. nigrum (blackcurrant): family Grossulariaceae
3.  the small acid fruit of any of these plants
 
[C16: shortened from rayson of Corannte raisin of Corinth]

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currant
c.1500, from raysyn of Curans (mid-14c.) "raisins of Corinth," with the -s- mistaken for a pl. inflection. From Anglo-Fr. reisin de Corauntz. The small, seedless raisins were exported from southern Greece. Then in 1570s the word was applied to an unrelated N. European berry (genus Ribes), recently introduced
in England, on its resemblance to the raisins.
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