/ ˈbɑːtl̩ ˈɡɔːrd /
calabash · Lagenaria siceraria
Old World climbing plant with hard-shelled bottle-shaped gourds as fruits; SYN. calabash, Lagenaria siceraria. bottle-gourd
A common cultivated gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) having a variably shaped fruit with a hard shell that is sometimes used as a container.
/ kæləbæʃ /
ETYM Spanish calabaza, or Portu. calabaça, cabaça (cf. French Calebasse), lit., a dry gourd, from Arabic qar', fem., a kind of gourd + aibas dry.
1. Round gourd of the calabash tree.
2. Tropical American evergreen that produces large round gourds.
Tropical South American evergreen tree Crescentia cujete, family Bignoniaceae, with gourds 50 cm/20 in across, which are used as water containers. The Old World tropical vine bottle gourd Lagenaria siceraria of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae is sometimes called calabash, and it produces equally large true gourds.
SYN. calabash tree, Crescentia cujete.