buffalo gourd

noun

: a perennial foul-smelling cucurbit (Cucurbita foetidissima) of arid lands of the central and southwest U.S. and Mexico with a large starchy taproot and seeds rich in oil

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buffalo gourd was circa 1898

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“Buffalo gourd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffalo%20gourd. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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