colocynth


col·o·cynth

noun \ˈkä-lə-ˌsin(t)th\

Definition of COLOCYNTH

:  a Mediterranean and African herbaceous vine (Citrullus colocynthis) related to the watermelon; also :  its spongy fruit from which a powerful cathartic is prepared

Origin of COLOCYNTH

Latin colocynthis, from Greek kolokynthis
First Known Use: 1543

col·o·cynth

noun \ˈkäl-ə-ˌsin(t)th\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COLOCYNTH

: a Mediterranean and African herbaceous vine (Citrullus colocynthis) related to the watermelon; also : its spongy fruit from which a powerful cathartic is prepared

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