- a tropical American tree (Crescentia cujete) of the bignonia family, or its large, gourdlike fruit
- an Old World tropical vine (Lagenaria siceraria) of the gourd family, or its bottle-shaped, gourdlike fruit
- a large smoking pipe made from the neck of this gourd
- the dried, hollow shell of a gourd or calabash, used as a bowl, cup, etc.
- any of various gourds
Origin of calabashFrench calebasse ; from Spanish calabaza; probably ; from Arabic qár?a y?bisa, dry gourd
- See bottle gourd.
- A tropical American tree (Crescentia cujete) bearing hard-shelled, gourdlike fruits on the trunk and main branches. Also called calabash tree.
- The fruit of either of these or related plants.
- a. A utensil, container, or musical instrument made from the dried, hollowed-out shell of these fruits.b. A smoking pipe with a curved stem and a large bowl made from the shell of a gourd.
Origin of calabashFrench calebasse, gourd, from Spanish calabaza; perhaps akin to Spanish carapacho, tortoise shell, shell of a crab or other arthropod, and galápago, tortoise, and of pre-Roman origin.
- A vine grown for its fruit, which can be harvested young and used as a vegetable, or harvested mature, dried, and used as a container, like a gourd. In particular, Lagenaria siceraria.
- (originally) The fruit of such a vine.
- A utensil traditionally made of the dried shell of a calabash and used as a bottle, dipper, utensil or pipe, etc.