Black currant,a shrub or bush (Ribes nigrum and R. floridum) and its black, strong- flavored, tonic fruit.Cherry currant, a variety of the red currant, having a strong, symmetrical bush and a very large berry.Currant borer(Zoöl.), the larva of an insect that bores into the pith and kills currant bushes; specif., the larvae of a small clearwing moth (Ægeria tipuliformis) and a longicorn beetle (Psenocerus supernotatus).Currant worm(Zoöl.), an insect larva which eats the leaves or fruit of the currant. The most injurious are the currant sawfly introduced from Europe, and the spanworm The fruit worms are the larva of a fly and a spanworm Flowering currant, Missouri currant, a species of Ribes having showy yellow flowers.

(Cur"ren*cy) n.; pl. Currencies [Cf. LL. currentia a current, fr. L. currens, p. pr. of currere to run. See Current.]

1. A continued or uninterrupted course or flow like that of a stream; as, the currency of time. [Obs.] Ayliffe.

2. The state or quality of being current; general acceptance or reception; a passing from person to person, or from hand to hand; circulation; as, a report has had a long or general currency; the currency of bank notes.

3. That which is in circulation, or is given and taken as having or representing value; as, the currency of a country; a specie currency; esp., government or bank notes circulating as a substitute for metallic money.

4. Fluency; readiness of utterance. [Obs.]

5. Current value; general estimation; the rate at which anything is generally valued.

He . . . takes greatness of kingdoms according to their bulk and currency, and not after intrinsic value.

The bare name of Englishman . . . too often gave a transient currency to the worthless and ungrateful.
W. Irving.

(Cur"rent) a. [OE. currant, OF. curant, corant, p. pr. of curre, corre, F. courre, courir, to run, from L. currere; perh. akin to E. horse. Cf. Course, Concur, Courant, Coranto.]

(Cur*mudg"eon*ly), a. Like a curmudgeon; niggardly; churlish; as, a curmudgeonly fellow.

(Cur*mur"ring) n. Murmuring; grumbling; — sometimes applied to the rumbling produced by a slight attack of the gripes. [Scot.] Burns.

(Curr) v. i. [Prob. imitative.] To coo. [Scot.]

The owlets hoot, the owlets curr.

(Cur"rant) n. [F. corinthe (raisins de Corinthe raisins of Corinth) currant from the city of Corinth in Greece, whence, probably, the small dried grape (1) was first imported, the Ribes fruit (2) receiving the name from its resemblance to that grape.]

1. A small kind of seedless raisin, imported from the Levant, chiefly from Zante and Cephalonia; — used in cookery.

2. The acid fruit or berry of the Ribes rubrum or common red currant, or of its variety, the white currant.

3. (Bot.) A shrub or bush of several species of the genus Ribes (a genus also including the gooseberry); esp., the Ribes rubrum.

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