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. It comes in white balls, is intensely bitter, and a powerful cathartic. Called also {bitter apple}, {bitter cucumber}, {bitter gourd}. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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