cal·​a·​bash | \ ˈka-lə-ˌbash How to pronounce calabash (audio) \

Definition of calabash

1 : a tropical American tree (Crescentia cujete) of the bignonia family also : its large hard-shelled globose fruit
2 : gourd especially : one whose hard shell is used for a utensil
3 : a utensil (such as a bottle or dipper) made from the shell of a calabash

Examples of calabash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spice mixture includes calabash nutmeg, negro pepper (also called uda seeds), and alligator pepper seeds. Saveur, "How to Stock a Nigerian Pantry," 8 May 2017 There are South African Nguni cattle skins, handmade Zulu ceramics, string art, baskets and beadwork, and lights made of reed and wood fishing baskets or calabash gourds, used by local farmers to collect water. Pamela Wright,, "Check-In: andBeyond Phinda Homestead reopens in South Africa," 9 July 2019 The versions made by Igbo and Yoruba cooks may contain fewer ingredients, but will feature delicately sweet calabash nutmeg and smoky selim peppers in the mixture. New York Times, "Yewande Komolafe’s 10 Essential Nigerian Recipes," 26 June 2019 The new album features more textures and flavors, including African, Middle Eastern and Indian influences, more keyboards and a wider array of instrument such as calabash, gourd banjo, four-mallet marimba, bowed vibraphone and more. Gary Graff, Billboard, "The Steel Wheels 'Keep On' Keeping On: Video Premiere," 11 June 2019 The girls wade into the river with sponges and calabashes for a communal bath, and sit on a sacred stone that affirms their virginity. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "The Nigerian, Feminist Designer who Flouts Convention," 12 Feb. 2017 His works are on canvas, calabash gourds and coconut pods, Salahuddin said. Roxana Popescu,, "Tijuana exhibit presents rarely seen slice of Mexican art, culture," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of calabash

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for calabash

French & Spanish; French calebasse gourd, from Spanish calabaza

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The first known use of calabash was in 1596

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21 Mar 2020

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“Calabash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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