Cucurbit
Cucurbit Cu*cur"bit Cucurbite Cu*cur"bite(k[-u]*k[^u]r"b[i^]t), n. [L. cucurbita a gourd: cf. F. cucurbite. See {Gourd}.] (Chem.) A vessel or flask for distillation, used with, or forming part of, an alembic; a matrass; -- originally in the shape of a gourd, with a wide mouth. See {Alembic}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Cucurbit — may refer to: A plant of the family Cucurbitaceae The lower part of an alembic Cucurbit flute, Chinese musical instrument This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal l …   Wikipedia

  • cucurbit — [kyo͞o kʉr′bit] n. [L cucurbita] 1. any plant of the gourd family 2. [Fr cucurbite < L cucurbita: so called in allusion to its shape] a large, gourd shaped flask with a wide mouth, formerly used in distillation …   English World dictionary

  • cucurbit — noun Etymology: Middle English cucurbite, from Anglo French, from Latin cucurbita gourd Date: 14th century 1. a vessel or flask for distillation used with or forming part of an alembic 2. a plant of the gourd family …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cucurbit — /kyooh kerr bit/, n. 1. a gourd. 2. any plant of the gourd family. 3. Chem. the gourd shaped portion of an alembic, a vessel formerly used in distilling. [1350 1400; ME cucurbite < AF, OF < L cucurbita; cf. GOURD, COURGETTE] * * * …   Universalium

  • cucurbit — noun /kjuːˈkɜːbɪt/ Any member of the Cucurbita genus of gourds …   Wiktionary

  • cucurbit — cu·cur·bit || kjuː kɜːbɪt n. gourd; any plant of the gourd family; (Chemistry) gourd like vessel used in distilling, chemical vessel used in a still or alembic …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cucurbit — [kjʊ kə:bɪt] noun chiefly N. Amer. a plant of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), which includes melon, pumpkin, squash, and cucumber. Derivatives cucurbitaceous adjective Origin ME: from OFr. cucurbite, from L. cucurbita …   English new terms dictionary

  • cucurbit — a (L). A gourd …   Dictionary of word roots and combining forms

  • cucurbit — cu·cur·bit …   English syllables

  • cucurbit — cu•cur•bit [[t]kyuˈkɜr bɪt[/t]] n. 1) a gourd 2) pln any plant of the gourd family 3) chem. the gourd shaped portion of an alembic • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME cucurbite < AF, OF < L cucurbita; cf. gourd, courgette …   From formal English to slang

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