colocynth

noun col·o·cynth \ ˈkä-lə-ˌsin(t)th \

Definition of colocynth

: 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


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colocynth

noun col·o·cynth \ ˈkäl-ə-ˌsin(t)th \

medical Definition of colocynth

: 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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