gourd

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noun \ˈgȯrd, ˈgu̇rd\

Definition of gourd

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

  2. 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

  1. :  crazy

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Origin and Etymology of gourd

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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GOURD Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of gourd for English Language Learners

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


GOURD Defined for Kids

gourd

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noun \ˈgȯrd\

Definition of gourd for Students

  1. :  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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