• Ribes Aureum, Pursh
    Ribes Aureum, Pursh
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Ribes a flowering shrub bearing currants or gooseberries; native to northern hemisphere
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Ribes Rubrum, L Ribes Rubrum, L

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ribes (Bot) A genus of shrubs including gooseberries and currants of many kinds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Ribes A currant; generally as plural, currants.
    • n Ribes A genus of polypetalous shrubs, constituting the tribe Ribesieæ in the order Saxifragaceæ, and producing small flowers with four or five scale-like petals, four or five stamens, two styles, and an ovoid calyx-tube united to the ovary, continued above into a tubular or bell-shaped four- or five-cleft limb, which is often colored. There are about 75 species, natives of temperate Europe, Asia, and America, and of the Andes. Several species extend northward in Alaska nearly or quite to the arctic circle. The plants of this genus are often covered with resinousglands, and the stems are sometimes sparingly armed with spines below the axils. They bear scattered and often clustered leaves, which are petioled and entire or crenately lobed or cut, plicate or convolute in the bud. The flowers are often unisexual by abortion, are white, yellow, red, or green, rarely purple, in color, and occur either singly or few together, or, in the currants, in racemes. The fruit is an oblong or spherical pulpy berry, containing one cell and few or many seeds, and crowned with the calyx-lobes. Several species, mostly with thorny and often also prickly stems, the flowers single or few together, the fruit often spiny, are known as gooseberries; other species, wholly unarmed, with racemed flowers and smooth fruit, are grouped as currants. R. Grossularia is the common garden or English gooseberry. (See gooseberry.) R. speciosum is the showy flowering gooseberry or fuchsia-flowered gooseberry of California, much prized in cultivation for its bright-red drooping flowers with far-exserted red stamens. R. gracile of the central United States, its fruit bearing long red spines, is called Missouri gooseberry. R. rubrum, the common red currant (see currant, 2), is native in Europe, Asia, and northern North America. R. nigrum is the garden black currant, a native of the northern Old World; R. floridum is the wild black currant of America. R. aureum, the golden, buffalo, or Missouri currant, wild in the western United States, is in common cultivation for its early bright-yellow spicy-scented flowers. R. sanguineum, the red-flowered currant of California and Oregon, is another well-known ornamental species. R. prostratum, the fetid currant of northern woods in America, emits a nauseous odor when bruised.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.sing., pl Ribes ribz a currant, currants
    • n.sing Ribes (rī′bēz) a genus of shrubs belonging to the natural order Ribesiaceæ, familiar examples of which are the garden Gooseberry and the Currant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL.; cf. Dan. ribs, and Ar. rībās, a plant with an acid juice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ribes—Low L. ribus—Ar. rībēs, rībās.


In literature:

At 11,000 feet, Acer sterculiacea, Rosa microphylla, Ribes, which ceases below 10,000 feet, it is confined to the A. densa woods.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
There was one time a poor sailor out of Ribe, who came to a foreign island whose inhabitants were grievously plagued with mice.
"Folk-Lore and Legends; Scandinavian" by Various
Even the stouter-built dwelling of M. Baridon at Les Ribes was nearly carried away by one of such inundations twelve years ago.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Ribes bushes, vaccinium, and kalmia, now in flower, make beautiful rugs and borders along the banks of the streams.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
Ribes alpinum pumilum aureum, golden in spring.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
The little garden had a few pleasant flowering bushes, Ribes and Laurustinus, a Bay and an Almond tree.
"Wood and Garden" by Gertrude Jekyll
God preserve us from the Ribe-Ret!
"The Childhood of King Erik Menved" by Bernhard Severin Ingemann
The counties of Viborg, Ringkjobing and Ribe cover the principal heath district.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
I happened to arrive at Ribe just too late.
"British Secret Service During the Great War" by Nicholas Everitt

In news:

Paul Flowerman, President of PL Thomas (PLT), has announced that the company has joined forces with Just the Berries (JTB) of Palmerston North, New Zealand, a grower and processor of black currant derivations ( Ribes nigrum L ).
THEATRE WITHOUT ANIMALS French absurdist playwright Jean-Michel Ribes' work has been translated into 12 different languages—but until Brooke Budy came along, never into English.
The bulgogi (Korean ribe-eye steak) bánh mì at Del Seoul.

In science:

If the system is non-linear, impulse packets elicit analogous, but more complex, behavior that is captured by collections of slices. We desc ribe the result for the simplest packets. Figure 3 provides an illustrative example.
Improved Volterra Kernel Methods with Applications to the Visual System
Equation (2.6) desc ribes the heat flow when besides the temperature gradient, the potential energy V operates.
Thermal processes generated in quark-gluon plasma by yoctosecond laser pulses
Several authors have studied the archival records of sunspots during the Maunder minimum (Sokoloff & Nesme-Ribes 1994; Hoyt & Schatten 1996).
Dynamo models of grand minima
Fig. 1 shows the theoretical plots of butterfly diagram and sunspot number, which compare favourably with the corresponding observational plots given in Fig. 1(a) of Sokoloff & Nesme-Ribes (1994) and Fig. 1 of Usoskin, Mursula & Kovaltsov (2000).
Dynamo models of grand minima
On the other hand, Ribe proved that local properties of Banach spaces are preserved under coarse-Lipschitz embeddings.
The non-linear geometry of Banach spaces after Nigel Kalton