from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The edible fruit of a West Indian plant (Sechium edule) of the Gourd family. It is soft, pear-shaped, and about four inches long, and contains a single large seed. The root of the plant resembles a yam, and is used for food.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of gourds, of the order Cucurbitaceæ and tribe Sieyoideæ.


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