from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tendril-bearing Old World vine (Citrullus colocynthis) bearing yellowish, green-mottled fruits the size of small lemons.
- n. The fruit of this plant, whose dried, bitter, spongy pulp is a very strong laxative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A viny plant, Citrullus colocynthis, native to the Mediterranean Basin and Asia. It produces a lemon-sized, yellowish, green-mottled, spongy, and extremely bitter fruit, a powerful hepatic stimulant and hydragogue cathartic used as a strong laxative.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The light spongy pulp of the fruit of the bitter cucumber (Citrullus colocynthis, or Cucumis colocynthis), an Asiatic plant allied to the watermelon; coloquintida. It comes in white balls, is intensely bitter, and a powerful cathartic. Called also bitter apple, bitter cucumber, bitter gourd.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The bitter apple, the fruit of a cucurbitaceous plant, Citrullus Colocynthis, indigenous in the warmer parts of Asia, but now widely cultivated on account of its medicinal properties.
Latin colocynthis, from Greek kolokunthis, from kolokunthē, round gourd.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See colocynthis (Wiktionary)