\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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Punny Halloween captions: Resting witch face Here for the boos Life is gourd! Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "40 Funny and Spooky Halloween Instagram Captions That Will Have Everyone Double Tapping," 30 Oct. 2018 As did Romeu, Mr. Virelles plays with accompaniment from just a guiro, the notched and open-ended gourd used for percussion, played here with delicate authority by Rafael Ábalos. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Igbó Alákorin (The Singer’s Grove), Vol. I & II’ by David Virelles and ‘Pillars’ by Tyshawn Sorey Reviews," 29 Oct. 2018 For eyes, slice off bottom of 2 small gourds; attach with toothpicks. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Rumors are swirling that the gourd-y good drink will make its triumphant, annual return to Starbucks menus everywhere in just a few days, on August 28. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Pumpkin Spice Lattes reportedly returning to Starbucks on August 28," 9 Aug. 2018 The big pumpkins, mini pumpkins, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, zucchini, and ornamental gourds are all different cultivars of the same species: Cucurbita pepo, which originated in Mexico more than 10,000 years ago. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Pumpkin Is a Fruit and Everything We Know Is a Lie," 21 June 2018 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

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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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