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ground cherry

Also called husk tomato. any of several plants belonging to the genus Physalis, of the nightshade family, the several species bearing an edible berry enclosed in an enlarged calyx.
any of several European dwarf cherries, especially Prunus fruticosa, of the rose family.
the fruit of any of these plants.
Origin of ground cherry
1595-1605 Unabridged
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  • There were some ground-cherry bushes growing along the furrows, full of fruit.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • The physalis is also known as the ground-cherry or husk-tomato.

British Dictionary definitions for ground-cherry

ground cherry

any of various American solanaceous plants of the genus Physalis, esp P. pubescens, having round fleshy fruit enclosed in a bladder-like husk See also winter cherry, gooseberry (sense 4)
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