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calabash

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noun cal·a·bash \ˈka-lə-ˌbash\

Definition of calabash

  1. 1 :  a tropical American tree (Crescentia cujete) of the bignonia family; also :  its large hard-shelled globose fruit

  2. 2 :  gourd; especially :  one whose hard shell is used for a utensil

  3. 3 :  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


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