bitter melonbitter melon
- A tropical annual vine (Momordica charantia) native to Asia, having yellow flowers and orange, warty fruits that open at maturity to expose red-coated seeds. Various parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine or for food.
- The immature green fruit of this plant, eaten as a vegetable. In both senses also called bitter gourd.
ripe fruit of the bitter melon Momordica charantia
(plural bitter melons)
- A vine, Momordica charantia, which produces a bitter, though edible, fruit.
- The fruit of the bitter melon vine.