colocynth

noun
col·​o·​cynth | \ ˈkä-lə-ˌsin(t)th How to pronounce colocynth (audio) \

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

First Known Use of colocynth

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colocynth

Latin colocynthis, from Greek kolokynthis

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“Colocynth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colocynth. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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colocynth

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

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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