Bitter gourd
Bitter Bit"ter, a. [AS. biter; akin to Goth. baitrs, Icel. bitr, Dan., Sw., D., & G. bitter, OS. bittar, fr. root of E. bite. See {Bite}, v. t.] 1. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine; bitter as aloes. [1913 Webster]

2. Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe; as, a bitter cold day. [1913 Webster]

3. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind; calamitous; poignant. [1913 Webster]

It is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God. --Jer. ii. 19. [1913 Webster]

4. Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh; stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach. [1913 Webster]

Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. --Col. iii. 19. [1913 Webster]

5. Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable. [1913 Webster]

The Egyptians . . . made their lives bitter with hard bondage. --Ex. i. 14. [1913 Webster]

{Bitter apple}, {Bitter cucumber}, {Bitter gourd}. (Bot.) See {Colocynth}.

{Bitter cress} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Cardamine}, esp. {Cardamine amara}.

{Bitter earth} (Min.), tale earth; calcined magnesia.

{Bitter principles} (Chem.), a class of substances, extracted from vegetable products, having strong bitter taste but with no sharply defined chemical characteristics.

{Bitter salt}, Epsom salts; magnesium sulphate.

{Bitter vetch} (Bot.), a name given to two European leguminous herbs, {Vicia Orobus} and {Ervum Ervilia}.

{To the bitter end}, to the last extremity, however calamitous. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Acrid; sharp; harsh; pungent; stinging; cutting; severe; acrimonious. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bitter gourd — Gourd Gourd, n. [F. gourde, OF. cougourde, gouhourde, fr. L. cucurbita gourd (cf. NPr. cougourdo); perh. akin to corbin basket, E. corb. Cf. {Cucurbite}.] 1. (Bot.) A fleshy, three celled, many seeded fruit, as the melon, pumpkin, cucumber, etc …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bitter gourd — raukšlėtasis svaidenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Moliūginių šeimos daržovinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Momordica charantia), paplitęs Afrikoje, pietų Azijoje ir Australijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Momordica charantia; Momordica… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bitter gourd — Colocynth Col ocynth, n. [L. colocynthis, Gr. ?. Cf. {Coloquintida}.] (Med.) The light spongy pulp of the fruit of the bitter cucumber ({Citrullus colocynthis}, or {Cucumis colocynthis}), an Asiatic plant allied to the watermelon; coloquintida.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bitter gourd — noun 1. : colocynth 2. : an edible gourd of Australia and Asia that is prob. identical with a snake gourd (Trichosanthes anguina) …   Useful english dictionary

  • bitter gourd — noun a climbing plant of the cucumber family, native to Africa and SE Asia and cultivated in India for its long, rough skinned fruit. Also called karela. [Momordica charantia.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • bitter gourd —   Hue awa awa …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • Bitter melon — Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked) …   Wikipedia

  • Gourd — Gourd, n. [F. gourde, OF. cougourde, gouhourde, fr. L. cucurbita gourd (cf. NPr. cougourdo); perh. akin to corbin basket, E. corb. Cf. {Cucurbite}.] 1. (Bot.) A fleshy, three celled, many seeded fruit, as the melon, pumpkin, cucumber, etc., of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bitter — Bit ter, a. [AS. biter; akin to Goth. baitrs, Icel. bitr, Dan., Sw., D., & G. bitter, OS. bittar, fr. root of E. bite. See {Bite}, v. t.] 1. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bitter apple — Bitter Bit ter, a. [AS. biter; akin to Goth. baitrs, Icel. bitr, Dan., Sw., D., & G. bitter, OS. bittar, fr. root of E. bite. See {Bite}, v. t.] 1. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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