any of various gourds, especially the bottle gourd, Lagenaria siceraria.
a tropical American tree, Crescentia cujete, of the bignonia family, bearing large, gourdlike fruit.
any of several other plants having gourdlike fruit.
the fruit of any of these plants.
the dried, hollowed-out shell of any of these fruits, used as a container or utensil.
a bottle, kettle, ladle, etc., made from such a shell.
a tobacco pipe with a large bowl made from a calabash and usually having a curved stem.
a gourd used as a rattle, drum, etc.
Contemporary Examples

Jamaica’s Big Book Party Olivia Cole June 2, 2010
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Jamaica’s Big Book Party Olivia Cole June 2, 2010

Historical Examples

A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone’s Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries David Livingstone
Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
Among the Trees at Elmridge Ella Rodman Church
The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies Frank Worthington
The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 6 of 6 Eugne Sue

Also called calabash tree. a tropical American evergreen tree, Crescentia cujete, that produces large round gourds: family Bignoniaceae
another name for the bottle gourd
the gourd of either of these plants
the dried hollow shell of a gourd used as the bowl of a tobacco pipe, a bottle, rattle, etc
calabash nutmeg, a tropical African shrub, Monodora myristica, whose oily aromatic seeds can be used as nutmegs: family Annonaceae


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