\ˈgȯrd, ˈgu̇rd \

Definition of gourd 

1 : any of a family (Cucurbitaceae, the gourd family) of chiefly herbaceous tendril-bearing vines including the cucumber, melon, squash, and pumpkin

2 : the fruit of a gourd : pepo especially : any of various hard-rinded inedible fruits of plants of two genera (Lagenaria and Cucurbita) often used for ornament or for vessels and utensils

out of one's gourd or less commonly off one's gourd

: crazy

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In an experiment, Pumpkin Fresh proved to be the best preservation method, keeping the gourd in good shape for 14 days. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "7 Easy Ways to Keep Your Jack-O'-Lanterns From Rotting," 30 Aug. 2017 At least three sets of mate gourds and thermoses sat untouched on the coffee table. Candace Rose Rardon, Longreads, "The Country Where Fútbol Comes First," 10 July 2018 Sweet potatoes and gourds like squash and pumpkin also last for a few weeks and don’t require refrigeration or prep. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "How to Store Vegetables in the Fridge so They Stay Super Fresh," 20 Feb. 2018 Be sure to walk by the Pumpkin House, a Victorian adorned with more than 3,000 gourds. Catherine Strawn, Country Living, "17 Amazing Halloween Celebrations Across America," 11 July 2018 The gourds used today can weigh as much as 400 pounds! 14. Catherine Strawn, Country Living, "17 Amazing Halloween Celebrations Across America," 11 July 2018 Don’t toss your gourds at the end of the season, dry them instead. Indianapolis Star, "DIY: Get Crafty With Gourds," 6 June 2018 Beginning before dawn on Saturday mornings, residents gather in a parking lot to sell and barter a range of products, from herbs (shiso, cilantro) and vegetables (kohlrabi, wax gourd, green onions, eggplant) to fish, shrimp and poultry. New York Times, "Vietnamese Forged a Community in New Orleans. Now It May Be Fading.," 5 May 2018 Pumpkins still out on every stoop but few carved faces— artful arrangements, rather, of gourds and Indian corn. Wrought iron fences, swinging gates. Rebecca Makkai, chicagotribune.com, "An excerpt from 'The Great Believers' by Rebecca Makkai: 1985," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of gourd

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gourd

Middle English gourde, from Anglo-French gurde, gourde, from Latin cucurbita

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English Language Learners Definition of gourd

: any one of several types of fruits that have a hard shell and that are used for decoration and not for eating


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Kids Definition of gourd

: an inedible fruit with a hard rind and many seeds that grows on a vine, is related to the pumpkin and melon, and is often used for decoration or for making objects (as bowls)

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