cal·a·bash | \ˈka-lə-ˌbash \

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

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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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