from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A poisonous vine (Ecballium elaterium) native to the Mediterranean region, having fruit that when ripe discharges its seeds and juice explosively.
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- noun The plant Ecballium elaterium, a member of the
cucumber family( Cucurbitaceae), so named because when the fruit is fully ripe it squirtsa stream of mucilaginousliquid containing its seeds.
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- noun Mediterranean vine having oblong fruit that when ripe expels its seeds and juice violently when touched
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