Calabash meaning

kălə-băsh
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A tropical American tree (Crescentia cujete) bearing hard-shelled, gourdlike fruits on the trunk and main branches.
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The fruit of either of these or related plants.
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A tropical American tree (Crescentia cujete) of the bignonia family, or its large, gourdlike fruit.
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The dried, hollow shell of a gourd or calabash, used as a bowl, cup, etc.
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Any of various gourds.
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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.
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(originally) The fruit of such a vine.
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A utensil traditionally made of the dried shell of a calabash and used as a bottle, dipper, utensil or pipe, etc.
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Origin of calabash

  • French 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish calabaza (“pumpkin, gourd”), possibly from Arabic قرعة يابسة (qárʕa yābisa, “dry gourd”) or directly from Persian خربزه (xarboza, xarboze, “melon”), from Ancient Greek καρπός (karpós), or from a pre-Roman (Iberia) word *calapaccia; cognate with French calebasse (“gourd”).

    From Wiktionary