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Topic: PLANTS

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from goose + berry

gooseberry

noun
     
goose‧ber‧ry plural gooseberries [countable]
1HBPDFF a small round green fruit that grows on a bush and has a sour taste
2

be a gooseberry

also

play gooseberry

British English informal to be with two people who are having a romantic relationship and who want to be alone together
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