noun Ben·in·ca·sa \ˌbe-nən-ˈkä-sə\

Definition of Benincasa

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

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Origin and Etymology of benincasa

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

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