from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various mostly climbing or trailing plants of the family Cucurbitaceae, which includes the squash, pumpkin, cucumber, gourd, watermelon, and cantaloupe.
- n. A gourd-shaped flask forming the body of an alembic, formerly used in distillation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any member of the Cucurbita genus of gourds.
- n. A receptacle, originally gourd-shaped and used for liquids or chemicals; a bottle or other container.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vessel or flask for distillation, used with, or forming part of, an alembic; a matrass; -- originally in the shape of a gourd, with a wide mouth. See alembic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chemical vessel originally shaped like a gourd, but sometimes shallow, with a wide mouth, used in distillation.
- n. A gourd-shaped vessel for holding liquids.
- n. A cupping-glass.
- n. A plant of the natural order Cucurbitaceæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any plant of the family Cucurbitaceae
Middle English cucurbite, from Old French, from Latin cucurbita, gourd.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cucurbite, from Latin cucurbita. (Wiktionary)