colocynth

noun

col·​o·​cynth ˈkä-lə-ˌsin(t)th How to pronounce colocynth (audio)
: a Mediterranean and African herbaceous vine (Citrullus colocynthis) related to the watermelon
also : its spongy fruit from which a powerful cathartic is prepared

Word History

Etymology

Latin colocynthis, from Greek kolokynthis

First Known Use

1543, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colocynth was in 1543

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“Colocynth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colocynth. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

colocynth

noun
col·​o·​cynth ˈkäl-ə-ˌsin(t)th How to pronounce colocynth (audio)
: 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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