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

  • n. An annual vine (Lagenaria siceraria) having white flowers and smooth, large, hard-shelled gourds. Also called bottle gourd, white-flowered gourd.
  • n. A tropical American tree (Crescentia cujete) bearing hard-shelled, gourdlike fruits on the trunk and main branches. Also called calabash tree.
  • n. Any of certain similar or related plants.
  • n. The fruit of any of these plants.
  • n. A utensil or container made from the dried, hollowed-out shell of any of these fruits.
  • n. A smoking pipe with a curved stem and a large bowl made from the shell of a gourd.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vine grown for its fruit, which can either be harvested young and used as a vegetable or harvested mature, dried and used as a container, like a gourd.
  • n. That fruit
  • n. A utensil traditionally made of the dried shell of a calabash and used as a bottle, dipper, utensil or pipe, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The common gourd (plant or fruit).
  • n. The fruit of the calabash tree.
  • n. A water dipper, bottle, bascket, or other utensil, made from the dry shell of a calabash or gourd.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fruit of the tree Crescentia Cujete hollowed out, dried, and used as a vessel to contain liquids.
  • n. A gourd of any kind used in the same way.
  • n. A popular name of the gourd-plant, Lagenaria vulgaris.
  • n. A name given to the red cap or tarboosh of Tunis.
  • n. The head, with an implication of emptiness.

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

  • n. round gourd of the calabash tree
  • n. bottle made from the dried shell of a bottle gourd
  • n. tropical American evergreen that produces large round gourds
  • n. Old World climbing plant with hard-shelled bottle-shaped gourds as fruits
  • n. a pipe for smoking; has a curved stem and a large bowl made from a calabash gourd


French calebasse, gourd, from Spanish calabaza, from Catalan carabaça, perhaps from Arabic qar'a yābisa, dried gourd : qar'a, gourd + yābisa, feminine of yābis, dried, participle of yabisa, to become dry; see ybš in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish calabaza ("pumpkin, gourd"), possibly from Arabic قرعة يابسة (qárʕa yābisa, "dry gourd") or directly from Persian خربزه (xarboza, xarboze, "melon"), or from a pre-Roman Iberian word *calapaccia; cognate with French calebasse ("gourd"). (Wiktionary)



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