Benincasa

noun

Ben·​in·​ca·​sa
ˌbe-nən-ˈkä-sə
: 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

Etymology

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

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“Benincasa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Benincasa. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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