Definition of Ecballium

1. Noun. Exploding cucumber; squirting cucumber.




Definition of Ecballium

1. n. A genus of cucurbitaceous plants consisting of the single species Ecballium agreste (or Elaterium), the squirting cucumber. Its fruit, when ripe, bursts and violently ejects its seeds, together with a mucilaginous juice, from which elaterium, a powerful cathartic medicine, is prepared.

Medical Definition of Ecballium

1. A genus of cucurbitaceous plants consisting of the single species Ecballium agreste (or Elaterium), the squirting cucumber. Its fruit, when ripe, bursts and violently ejects its seeds, together with a mucilaginous juice, from which elaterium, a powerful cathartic medicine, is prepared. Origin: NL, fr. Gr. See Ecbole. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ecballium

eburnification
eburnifications
eburnine
eburnitis
ecad
ecads
ecandrewsite
ecard
ecardines
ecards
ecarte
ecartes
ecarteur
ecash
ecaudate
ecballium (current term)
ecbasis
ecbatic
ecboles
ecbolic
ecbolics
ecboline
eccaleobion
eccaleobions
ecce
ecce homo
ecce homos
eccenteric
eccentric

Literary usage of Ecballium

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1. Gartenflora: Monatsschrift Fur Deutsche und Schweizerische Garten- und by Eduard Regel (1901)
"ecballium Elaterium. nung betr├Ąchtlich. Nun ist die Schale von ganz ausserordentlich starker Struktur und wohl im Stande, dem inneren Druck Widerstand zu ..."

2. The New Sydenham Society's Lexicon of Medicine and the Allied Sciences ...by Henry Power, Leonard William Sedgwick, New Sydenham Society by Henry Power, Leonard William Sedgwick, New Sydenham Society (1882)
"The ecballium officinarum, Richard. ... The juice of the fruit of ecballium officinale evaporated to the consistence of an extract. ..."

3. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1900)
"ecballium has only one species, and is closely related to the important genera Cucumis and Citrullus. \Vith them it differs from Momordica in lacking the 2 ..."

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