from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. In botany, a fruit consisting of three or more dehiscent cocci, as in


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