Momordica

noun Mo·mor·di·ca \məˈmȯ(r)də̇kə\

Definition of Momordica

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of momordica

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


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