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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A substance obtained from the fruit of the Ecballium Elaterium, or squirting cucumber, which, if it is gathered a little before it ripens, and the juice gently expressed, deposits a green sediment, which is collected and dried.
  • noun In botany, a fruit consisting of three or more dehiscent cocci, as in

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A cathartic substance obtained, in the form of yellowish or greenish cakes, as the dried residue of the juice of the wild or squirting cucumber (Ecballium agreste, formerly called Momordica Elaterium).

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