American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An annual vine (Lagenaria siceraria) having white flowers and smooth, large, hard-shelled gourds. Also called bottle gourd, white-flowered gourd.
- n. A tropical American tree (Crescentia cujete) bearing hard-shelled, gourdlike fruits on the trunk and main branches. Also called calabash tree.
- n. Any of certain similar or related plants.
- n. The fruit of any of these plants.
- n. A utensil or container made from the dried, hollowed-out shell of any of these fruits.
- n. A smoking pipe with a curved stem and a large bowl made from the shell of a gourd.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fruit of the tree Crescentia Cujete hollowed out, dried, and used as a vessel to contain liquids. These shells are so close-grained and hard that when containing liquid they may be used several times as kettles upon the fire without injury.
- n. A gourd of any kind used in the same way. Such vesselsare often decorated with conventional patterns and figures made in very slight relief by scraping away the surface surrounding them, and are sometimes stained in variegated colors.
- n. A popular name of the gourd-plant, Lagenaria vulgaris.
- n. A name given to the red cap or tarboosh of Tunis. See
- n. The head, with an implication of emptiness.
- n. A vine grown for its fruit, which can either be harvested young and used as a vegetable or harvested mature, dried and used as a container, like a gourd.
- n. originally That fruit
- n. A utensil traditionally made of the dried shell of a calabash and used as a bottle, dipper, utensil or pipe, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The common gourd (plant or fruit).
- n. The fruit of the calabash tree.
- n. A water dipper, bottle, bascket, or other utensil, made from the dry shell of a calabash or gourd.
- n. round gourd of the calabash tree
- n. bottle made from the dried shell of a bottle gourd
- n. tropical American evergreen that produces large round gourds
- n. Old World climbing plant with hard-shelled bottle-shaped gourds as fruits
- n. a pipe for smoking; has a curved stem and a large bowl made from a calabash gourd
- From Spanish calabaza ("pumpkin, gourd"), possibly from Arabic قرعة يابسة (qárʕa yābisa, "dry gourd") or directly from Persian خربزه (xarboza, xarboze, "melon"), or from a pre-Roman Iberian word *calapaccia; cognate with French calebasse ("gourd"). (Wiktionary)
- French calebasse, gourd, from Spanish calabaza, from Catalan carabaça, perhaps from Arabic qar'a yābisa, dried gourd : qar'a, gourd + yābisa, feminine of yābis, dried, participle of yabisa, to become dry; see ybš in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
““We are impounding their bikes and want to take them to court so they can explain why they think wearing a calabash is good enough for their safety,” he said.”
“Israel Kamakawiwo'ole -- his proper name -- was a distant relation of Keola, his so-called calabash cousin.”
“It was served in this thing called a calabash bowl.”
“The calabash is the fruit from the national tree and it resembles a coconut from the outside, but smooth.”
“One day, while carrying him about, I picked up a large gourd called a calabash, and, having cleared out the inside, I pressed into it the juice of grapes.”
“A couple of spades, a trowel and a calabash were their only tools, but our adventurer was a knowing man, and "knowledge is power.”
“# -- Round their villages and pahs they dug up the soil and planted the sweet potato, and the taro, which is the root of a kind of arum lily; they also grew the gourd called calabash, from whose hard rind they made pots and bowls and dishes.”
“The calabash was the _ipu_ here mentioned, the same as the”
“They are aromatic and impart to the fruit the odor and flavor of nutmeg; hence they are also known as calabash nutmegs.”
“The chalk-like substance - also known as calabash clay, nzu, poto, calabar stone, mabele, argile or la craie - can be sold as large pellets or in blocks that resemble clay or mud.”
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