Definition of Calabash

1. Noun. Round gourd of the calabash tree.

Generic synonyms: Gourd

2. Noun. Tropical American evergreen that produces large round gourds.
Exact synonyms: Calabash Tree, Crescentia Cujete
Group relationships: Crescentia, Genus Crescentia
Generic synonyms: Tree

3. Noun. Old World climbing plant with hard-shelled bottle-shaped gourds as fruits.
Exact synonyms: Bottle Gourd, Lagenaria Siceraria
Generic synonyms: Gourd, Gourd Vine
Group relationships: Genus Lagenaria, Lagenaria

4. Noun. Bottle made from the dried shell of a bottle gourd.
Exact synonyms: Gourd
Generic synonyms: Bottle

5. Noun. A pipe for smoking; has a curved stem and a large bowl made from a calabash gourd.
Exact synonyms: Calabash Pipe
Generic synonyms: Pipe, Tobacco Pipe

Definition of Calabash

1. n. The common gourd (plant or fruit).

Definition of Calabash

1. Noun. A vine grown for its fruit, which can either be harvested young and used as a vegetable or harvested mature, dried and used as a container, like a gourd. ¹

2. Noun. (originally) That fruit ¹

3. Noun. A utensil traditionally made of the dried shell of a calabash and used as a bottle, dipper, utensil or pipe, etc. ¹

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Definition of Calabash

1. a gourd [n -ES] - See also: gourd

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Calabash

calabar-bean vine
calabash (current term)
calabash curare
calabash pipe
calabash tree
calabur tree

Literary usage of Calabash

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1. Maori Lore: The Traditions of the Maori People, with the More Important of by George Grey (1904)
"When the man came back from the spring with the calabash full of water the ... Not to be baffled, however, the man procured another calabash and went again ..."

2. A Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire (1824)
"GOURD OR calabash. THIS fruit grows in America on the branches of a tree as high as the ... The calabash will only be introduced here to show that we should ..."

3. The New Zealanders by George Lillie Craik (1830)
"The calabash, Rutherford adds, is the only vessel they have for holding any kind ... Alter dinner, they place themselves for Drinking from a calabash. this ..."

4. A Descriptive and Historical Account of Hydraulic and Other Machines for by Thomas Ewbank (1842)
"The calabash or GOURD, was probably the first vessel used by man for collecting and containing water: and although we have no direct proof of this, ..."

5. Memoirs by Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (1903)
"calabash DRINKING-VESSEL. suddenly forsaken their possessions. The cooking-vessels and pots resembled in shape those of the Indians of Yucatan and Tabasco, ..."

6. Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke (1863)
"I ordered twenty men, armed with carbines, to carry water for the distressed porters, and bring the corporal U&U, calabash, or Gouty -limbed Trees. back as ..."

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