: a small genus of Asian herbaceous vines (family Cucurbitaceae) with large yellow flowers and fleshy fruit that is used for pickles see wax gourd

Word History


New Latin, after Giuseppe Benincasa, 16th century Italian who developed the botanical garden at Pisa

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“Benincasa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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