calabash


calabash

noun

  1. any of various gourds, especially the bottle gourd, Lagenaria siceraria.
  2. a tropical American tree, Crescentia cujete, of the bignonia family, bearing large, gourdlike fruit.
  3. any of several other plants having gourdlike fruit.
  4. the fruit of any of these plants.
  5. the dried, hollowed-out shell of any of these fruits, used as a container or utensil.
  6. a bottle, kettle, ladle, etc., made from such a shell.
  7. a tobacco pipe with a large bowl made from a calabash and usually having a curved stem.
  8. a gourd used as a rattle, drum, etc.

noun

  1. Also called: calabash tree a tropical American evergreen tree, Crescentia cujete, that produces large round gourds: family Bignoniaceae
  2. another name for the bottle gourd
  3. the gourd of either of these plants
  4. the dried hollow shell of a gourd used as the bowl of a tobacco pipe, a bottle, rattle, etc
  5. calabash nutmeg a tropical African shrub, Monodora myristica, whose oily aromatic seeds can be used as nutmegs: family Annonaceae
n.

1590s, “dried, hollowed gourd used as a drinking cup,” from Spanish calabaza, possibly from Arabic qar’a yabisa “dry gourd,” from Persian kharabuz, used of various large melons; or from a pre-Roman Iberian *calapaccia.

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