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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
: crazy

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It is made from a sweet gourd with yellowy orange skin known as the Dickinson pumpkin. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Your Pumpkin Pie Has a Dark Secret— It’s Made From Squash," 20 Nov. 2018 Chinese Python Snake Bean: Trichosanthes cucumerina, or snake gourd, is a native of China, and can grow up to five feet long. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin," 24 Jan. 2019 After displaying it at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Minnesota, Stevens credited a combination of sunshine, rain, cow manure, fish emulsion and seaweed for the oversize gourd. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Larger-Than-Life Thanksgiving Staples," 16 Nov. 2010 Courtesy On At Home With Amy Sedaris, Amy Sedaris plays a satirical version of herself—a homemaker television host, convinced that a better life is only a handful of pipe-cleaners and the perfect decorative gourd away. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "Amy Sedaris Is the Anti-Marie Kondo," 19 Feb. 2019 Bank deposits have shrunk, but are still equal three times the economy of a country that decades ago relied on small-scale gourd farms to fill government coffers. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "U.S. Takes on Russia’s Favorite Money Haven: Cyprus," 30 Sep. 2018 Remove gourd eyes, etch in eyebrows using linoleum cutter, then replace eyes. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 These expert carving tricks will have your gourds looking and smelling(!) good the entire trick-or-treating season. Liz Borod, Good Housekeeping, "Follow These 8 Pro Tips to Carve the Perfect Pumpkin," 18 July 2018 Using the craft knife, cut two rounded feet from the small gourd. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 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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