Momordica

noun
Mo·​mor·​di·​ca | \ məˈmȯ(r)də̇kə\

Definition of Momordica

: a genus of tropical Old World herbaceous vines (family Cucurbitaceae) having a campanulate corolla and a warty fruit — see balsam apple, bitter melon

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History and Etymology for Momordica

New Latin, from Latin momordisse, perfect infinitive of mordēre to bite; from the fact that the seeds appear to have been bitten

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