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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several trailing or climbing plants related to the pumpkin, squash, and cucumber and bearing fruits with a hard rind.
  • n. The fruit of such a plant, often of irregular and unusual shape.
  • n. The dried and hollowed-out shell of one of these fruits, often used as a drinking utensil.
  • idiom off Slang Very foolish; crazy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the climbing or trailing plants from the family Cucurbitaceae, which includes watermelon, pumpkins and cucumbers.
  • n. A fruit from a plant that is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family.
  • n. The dried and hardened shell of a gourd fruit, made into a drinking vessel, bowl, spoon, or other objects designed for use or decoration.
  • n. Head.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fleshy, three-celled, many-seeded fruit, as the melon, pumpkin, cucumber, etc., of the order Cucurbitace├Ž; and especially the bottle gourd (Lagenaria vulgaris) which occurs in a great variety of forms, and, when the interior part is removed, serves for bottles, dippers, cups, and other dishes.
  • n. A dipper or other vessel made from the shell of a gourd; hence, a drinking vessel; a bottle.
  • n. A false die. See gord.
  • n. A silver dollar; -- so called in Cuba, Haiti, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Formerly, the fruit of one of the usually cultivated species of various cucurbitaceous genera, including what are now distinguished as meions, pumpkins, squashes, etc., as well as gourds in the present sense; the plant producing such fruit, Now, in a restricted sense, the fruit of Lagenaria vulgaris; the plant itself, in its Several varieties.
  • n. A dried and excavated gourd-shell prepared for use as a bottle or dipper, or in other ways.
  • n. A gourd-shaped vessel; hence, any vessel with a small neck for holding liquids; a roughly shaped bottle, especially a flask carried by travelers or pilgrims.
  • n. plural [A particular use of gourd, with ref. to their hollowness.] A kind of false dice, having a concealed cavity which affects the balance. See fullam, 1.
  • n. Same as calabazilla.
  • n. The bigroot of Oregon, Micrampelis Oregona.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bottle made from the dried shell of a bottle gourd
  • n. any of numerous inedible fruits with hard rinds
  • n. any vine of the family Cucurbitaceae that bears fruits with hard rinds

Etymologies

Middle English gourde, from Anglo-Norman, ultimately from Latin cucurbita.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman gurde, gourde, from Latin cucurbita. (Wiktionary)

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