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Meaning of colocynth

col•o•cynth

Pronunciation: (kol'u-sinth), [key]
— n.
  1. a plant, Citrullus colocynthis, belonging to the gourd family, of the warmer parts of Asia, the Mediterranean region, etc., bearing a round, yellow or green fruit with a bitter pulp.
  2. the fruit of this plant.
  3. the drug derived from the pulp of the unripe but full-grown fruit of this plant, used in medicine chiefly as a purgative. Also called
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