• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alkekengi (Bot) An herbaceous plant of the nightshade family (Physalis alkekengi) and its fruit, which is a well flavored berry, the size of a cherry, loosely inclosed in a enlarged leafy calyx; -- also called winter cherry ground cherry, and strawberry tomato.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alkekengi The winter-cherry, a solanaceous plant, Physalis Alkekengi. The scarlet fruit, inclosed in a large red calyx, makes the plant very ornamental at the beginning of winter; it is also edible, and has a slightly acid taste.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. alkékenge, Sp. alquequenje, ultimately fr. Ar. al-kākanj, a kind of resin from Herat


In literature:

It is larger than that of the old Winter Cherry, P. Alkekengi.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
Alkekengi, or Ground Cherry.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr