Calabash Cal"a*bash (k[a^]l"[.a]*b[a^]sh), n. [Sp. calabaza, or Pg. calaba[,c]a, caba[,c]a (cf. F. Calebasse), lit., a dry gourd, fr. Ar. qar', fem., a kind of gourd + aibas dry.] 1. The common gourd (plant or fruit). [1913 Webster]

2. The fruit of the calabash tree. [1913 Webster]

3. A water dipper, bottle, bascket, or other utensil, made from the dry shell of a calabash or gourd. [1913 Webster]

{Calabash tree}. (Bot.), a tree of tropical America ({Crescentia cujete}), producing a large gourdlike fruit, containing a purgative pulp. Its hard shell, after the removal of the pulp, is used for cups, bottles, etc. The {African calabash tree} is the baobab. [1913 Webster]

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  • Calabash — Calabash, NC U.S. town in North Carolina Population (2000): 711 Housing Units (2000): 508 Land area (2000): 1.417715 sq. miles (3.671864 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.096456 sq. miles (0.249820 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.514171 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • calabash — [kal′ə bash΄] n. [Fr calebasse < Sp calabaza; prob. < Ar qárʼ a yābisa, dry gourd] 1. a tropical American tree (Crescentia cujete) of the bignonia family, or its large, gourdlike fruit 2. a) an Old World tropical vine (Lagenaria siceraria)… …   English World dictionary

  • calabash — 1590s, dried, hollowed gourd used as a drinking cup, from Sp. calabaza, possibly from Arabic qar a yabisa dry gourd, from Pers. kharabuz, used of various large melons; or from a pre Roman Iberian *calapaccia …   Etymology dictionary

  • calabash — ► NOUN ▪ a water container, tobacco pipe, or other object made from the dried shell of a gourd. ORIGIN Spanish calabaza, perhaps from a Persian word meaning melon …   English terms dictionary

  • Calabash — This article is about the vine. For the tree, see Crescentia and Crescentia cujete. For other uses, see Calabash (disambiguation). Not to be confused with calabaza. Calabash Lagenaria siceraria Green calabash on the vin …   Wikipedia

  • calabash —    Umeke, ipu, pā ipu, hōkeo, hue, hulilau, ōpū hue, ipu pāwehe.   Also: mā au au, palapa a, kākū, māhanakanaloa. See sayings, umeke.    ♦ Netted calabash carrier, kōkō a aha.    ♦ Strings by which a netted calabash is hung, kākai.    ♦ To tie up …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • calabash — UK [ˈkæləbæʃ] / US [ˈkæləˌbæʃ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms calabash : singular calabash plural calabashes a large tropical fruit whose thick hard skin is dried and used as a container or drum …   English dictionary

  • calabash — /ˈkæləbæʃ / (say kaluhbash) noun 1. any of various gourds, especially the fruit of the plant known as the bottle gourd, Lagenaria siceraria. 2. any of the plants bearing them. 3. a. the fruit of a bignoniaceous tree, Crescentia cujete, of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • calabash — puodyninė krescencija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bignonijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, maistinis, vaisinis, vaistinis augalas (Crescentia cujete), paplitęs Centrinėje ir Pietų Amerikoje. Naudojamas puošybai. atitikmenys: lot. Crescentia… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • calabash — paprastasis ilgmoliūgis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Moliūginių šeimos daržovinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Lagenaria siceraria), paplitęs atogrąžose. Naudojamas dirbiniams. atitikmenys: lot. Cucurbita lagenaria; Cucurbita leucantha; …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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