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

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Recent Examples on the Web Attendees took turns chucking and rolling their pumpkins down the sledding hill in the southwest corner of the park, with broken pieces of gourds left covering the grassy hill. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "‘Pumpkin smash’ turns Halloween jack-o’-lanterns into compost at Oak Park sledding hill," 4 Nov. 2019 Stopping by a pumpkin patch is the perfect place to find all kinds of gourds, plus pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns, decorating your front yard or trying out a pie recipe before Thanksgiving. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "From apple picking to getting lost in a corn maze: How to have the ultimate fall day," 22 Oct. 2019 And lastly from the outside world, there’s no better way to welcome the fall than the grand annual celebration of oversize gourds known as the Topsfield Fair. BostonGlobe.com, "at 6:30 p.m. and the official performance on," 4 Oct. 2019 Leah Coen: Posted a picture of one-third of her face next to some autumnal gourds on Instagram. Jason Adam Katzenstein, The New Yorker, "Comments-Section Success Stories," 5 Feb. 2020 Artists exhibited their talents in various media, including painting, photography, metals, jewelry, ceramics, glass, illustration, textiles and even gourds. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea Fine Arts Club holiday show features uniquely talented artists," 12 Dec. 2019 Couches, chairs, and plants formed a sitting area behind the reception desk, with gourds arranged on coffee tables. BostonGlobe.com, "Fashion incubator aims to be a one-stop for new designers - The Boston Globe," 28 Oct. 2019 Over two decades of growing giant pumpkins, a 2,000-pound gourd had always eluded Leonardo Urena. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Is that new high-rise ready for the Big One?," 15 Oct. 2019 Leave the gourds to your butternut squash side dish this year and take them out of the centerpiece, swapping in decoupage plates (that look good enough to eat) instead. Sara Rodrigues And Robert Rufino, House Beautiful, "3 Instagram-Worthy Table Settings That Are So Perfect for the Holidays," 8 Nov. 2019

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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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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 1 Apr. 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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