noun \ˈgrd, ˈgrd\

: any one of several types of fruits that have a hard shell and that are used for decoration and not for eating

Full Definition of GOURD

:  any of a family (Cucurbitaceae, the gourd family) of chiefly herbaceous tendril-bearing vines including the cucumber, melon, squash, and pumpkin
:  the fruit of a gourd :  pepo; especially :  any of various hard-rinded inedible fruits of plants of two genera (Lagenaria and Cucurbita) often used for ornament or for vessels and utensils
out of one's gourd also off one's gourd
:  crazy

Origin of GOURD

Middle English gourde, from Anglo-French gurde, gourde, from Latin cucurbita
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of certain hard-shelled food and ornamental plants of the family Cucurbitaceae (order Violales), including squashes and pumpkins. Most species are prostrate or climb by tendrils. They are annual herbaceous plants native to temperate and tropical areas. Gourds are generally low in nutrients; one exception is winter squash (certain cultivars of Cucurbita maxima, C. moschata, C. pepo, etc.). The shells of many gourds have made them useful as containers and utensils. Colourful and oddly shaped gourds are picked for ornamental use.


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