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See under gourd (def 1).
the hard-shelled fruit of any of various plants, especially those of Lagenaria siceraria (white-flowered gourd or bottle gourd) whose dried shell is used for bowls and other utensils, and Cucurbita pepo (yellow-flowered gourd) used ornamentally.
Compare gourd family.
a plant bearing such a fruit.
a dried and excavated gourd shell used as a bottle, dipper, flask, etc.
a gourd-shaped, small-necked bottle or flask.
out of / off one’s gourd, Slang. out of one’s mind; crazy.
Historical Examples

Early Western Travels 1748-1846, v. 27 Various
The Chinese Fairy Book Various
The Chinese Fairy Book Various

an Old World cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Lagenaria siceraria, having large hard-shelled gourds as fruits
the fruit of this plant
the fruit of any of various cucurbitaceous or similar plants, esp the bottle gourd and some squashes, whose dried shells are used for ornament, drinking cups, etc
any plant that bears this fruit See also sour gourd, dishcloth gourd, calabash
a bottle or flask made from the dried shell of the bottle gourd
a small bottle shaped like a gourd


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