colocynth

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noun col·o·cynth \ˈkä-lə-ˌsin(t)th\

Definition of colocynth

  1. :  a Mediterranean and African herbaceous vine (Citrullus colocynthis) related to the watermelon; also :  its spongy fruit from which a powerful cathartic is prepared

Origin and Etymology of colocynth

Latin colocynthis, from Greek kolokynthis


First Known Use: 1543


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colocynth

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noun col·o·cynth \ˈkäl-ə-ˌsin(t)th\

Medical Definition of colocynth

  1. :  a Mediterranean and African herbaceous vine (Citrullus colocynthis) related to the watermelon; also :  its spongy fruit from which a powerful cathartic is prepared


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