noun \ˈka-lə-ˌbash\

Definition of CALABASH

:  a tropical American tree (Crescentia cujete) of the bignonia family; also :  its large hard-shelled globose fruit
:  gourd; especially :  one whose hard shell is used for a utensil
:  a utensil (as a bottle or dipper) made from the shell of a calabash

Origin of CALABASH

French & Spanish; French calebasse gourd, from Spanish calabaza
First Known Use: 1596


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Tree (Crescentia cujete) of the trumpet-creeper family (Bignoniaceae) that grows in Central and South America, the West Indies, and extreme southern Florida. It is often grown as an ornamental. It produces large spherical fruits, the hard shells of which are useful as bowls, cups, and other water containers when hollowed out. The fruit's shell encloses a whitish pulp and thin, dark brown seeds. The tree bears funnel-shaped, light green and purple-streaked flowers and evergreen leaves. Fruits of the unrelated bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) are also known as calabashes.


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