\ ˈgȯrd How to pronounce gourd (audio) , ˈgu̇rd How to pronounce gourd (audio) \

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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Be sure to walk by the Pumpkin House, a Victorian adorned with more than 3,000 gourds. 24. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "24 Halloween Celebrations Across America to Spook Your Socks Off," 8 July 2019 This metal piece is also striking when used seasonally; for example, in fall in a container with gourds, squash and fall foliage, or in winter with greens/stems/cones and holiday ribbons. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019 In the painting, the deer is carrying both the monkey and the gourd. Laura Dean, The New Yorker, "The Threat of War Brings New Fears to an American Hostage in Iran," 24 June 2019 Our goal is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the appreciation of gourd and basket art by providing a supportive, sharing and educational environment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sharing skills and methods for creating folk art in local guild," 23 June 2019 Shrimp and buthee, a gourd, are tossed in rice flour and garam masala, then fried to a bronze and paired with a dipping sauce that ricochets from hot chiles to sour tamarind. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Thamee lets diners feast on Burmese stories," 14 June 2019 That’s the number of pounds of this member of the gourd family that will be eaten June 29 and 30 at the at the Hansen Dam Soccer Complex in Lake View Terrace. Mike Morris, latimes.com, "Eat your way up and down California," 4 June 2019 The new album features more textures and flavors, including African, Middle Eastern and Indian influences, more keyboards and a wider array of instrument such as calabash, gourd banjo, four-mallet marimba, bowed vibraphone and more. Gary Graff, Billboard, "The Steel Wheels 'Keep On' Keeping On: Video Premiere," 11 June 2019 This savory spin on everyones go-to autumn gourd is perfect for an evening in the garden. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Savory Pumpkin and Sage Soup," 22 Sep. 2015

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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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