from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hairy Mediterranean vine (Ecballium elaterium) having fruit that when ripe discharges its seeds and juice explosively.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The plant Ecballium elaterium, a member of the cucumber family (Cucurbitaceae), so named because when the fruit is fully ripe it squirts a stream of mucilaginous liquid containing its seeds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a plant (Ecbalium Elaterium) whose small oval fruit separates from the footstalk when ripe and expels its seeds and juice with considerable force through the opening thus made. See Elaterium.
- transitive v. See Ecballium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Mediterranean vine having oblong fruit that when ripe expels its seeds and juice violently when touched
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