American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tropical, Old World, tendril-bearing annual vine (Momordica charantia) having yellow flowers and orange, warty fruits that open at maturity to expose red-coated seeds.
- n. The immature fruit of this plant, used as a vegetable in Asian cuisine. The ripe fruit is not eaten. Also called bitter gourd, bitter melon.
- n. bitter melon
- n. tropical Old World vine with yellow-orange fruit
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