calabash: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kal'u-bash"), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various gourds, esp. the bottle gourd, Lagenaria siceraria.
  2. a tropical American tree, Crescentia cujete, of the bignonia family, bearing large, gourdlike fruit.
  3. any of several other plants having gourdlike fruit.
  4. the fruit of any of these plants.
  5. the dried, hollowed-out shell of any of these fruits, used as a container or utensil.
  6. a bottle, kettle, ladle, etc., made from such a shell.
  7. a tobacco pipe with a large bowl made from a calabash and usually having a curved stem.
  8. a gourd used as a rattle, drum, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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