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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 Walking through the various barrios, you might see people sharing sips from a little gourd with a straw in it. — Bruce Sanderson … a basketball-size gourd draped with a veil of wooden beads—to incite individual bursts of improvisation from the orchestra's players. The New Yorker
out of one's gourd
US, informal
1 or less commonly off one's gourd : out of one's mind : crazy … comes off like a cross between two Hogans, the Aussie actor Paul and the American wrestler Hulk—completely out of his gourd, but essentially likable.People Weekly … these people are loud, abusive, occasionally maniacal, often colossally boorish and notoriously primed under certain circumstances to go totally off their gourds.— Curry Kirkpatrick
2 used as an intensivewas frightened out of her gourd [=extremely frightened]It's eleven against two, and the two are probably stoned out of their gourds.— Stephen KingPerhaps it is not too late for American kids to be given the gift of enforced boredom for at least a week or two, staring into space, bored out of their gourds, exploring the inside of their own heads.— Anna Quindlen

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Recent Examples on the Web Hossein Ravazadeh, another prominent quack, recommends bitter gourd oil dropped into the ears twice a day. The Economist, "Quackery in Iran Desperate Iranians are getting bad medical advice," 18 Apr. 2020 The Calabash name is a reference to a tropical tree that produces large, round gourds which can be eaten or, in some cases, used to make plates, bowls and eating utensils. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Calabash restaurant to bring cuisines of three chefs to Oakland in April," 14 Feb. 2020 Place a line of leaves and gourds down the center of the table, leaving space for extra embellishments. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Stunning Thanksgiving Tablescape," 25 Nov. 2019 For horns, slice the ends off nubby gourds and attach with toothpicks. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Spacey Monsters Pumpkins," 9 Sep. 2019 The Show presents artful gifts by over 40 local artists in various mediums, including woodworking, glass, textile arts, ceramics, jewelry, gourd art, ethnic dolls and cards. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Star octogenarian runner visits Camino Hills," 16 Aug. 2019 Head to the NoMa beer garden on Sunday for one of your last chances to stab into a gourd this Halloween season. Washington Post, "16 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 24 Oct. 2019 Every Halloween, friends of ours put on a spectacle in their yard that may be singularly responsible for local decorative gourd shortages. M. Carrie Allan, The Denver Post, "How to concoct frighteningly good Halloween cocktails," 23 Oct. 2019 Strange aquatic creatures were in jars alongside bewitching floral centerpieces of elegant, drooping flora and spiky gourds (arrangements were provided by Isa Isa) and on-trend ceramic plates. Max Berlinger, Los Angeles Times, "Eckhaus Latta fetes Ugg collaboration with foraged food and sweeping L.A. views," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of gourd

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for gourd

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

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The first known use of gourd was in the 14th century

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“Gourd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gourd. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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