squirting cucumber
noun Date: 1802 a Mediterranean plant (Ecballium elaterium) of the gourd family with oblong fruit that bursts from the peduncle when ripe and forcibly ejects the seeds

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  • Squirting cucumber — Cucumber Cu cum*ber (k? k?m b?r, formerly kou k?m b?r), n. [OE. cucumer, cocumber, cucumber, fr. L. cucmis, gen.cucumeris; cf. OF. cocombre,F. concombre.] (Bot.) A creeping plant, and its fruit, of several species of the genus {Cucumis}, esp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • squirting cucumber — n. a sprawling vine (Ecballium elaterium) of the gourd family, with a small, fleshy fruit that separates from its stalk and squirts out its seeds when ripe …   English World dictionary

  • Squirting cucumber — Squirt Squirt (skw[ e]rt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Squirted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Squirting}.] [Cf. LG. swirtjen to squirt, OSw. sqv[ a]tta, E. squander.] To drive or eject in a stream out of a narrow pipe or orifice; as, to squirt water. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • squirting cucumber — noun Mediterranean vine having oblong fruit that when ripe expels its seeds and juice violently when touched • Syn: ↑exploding cucumber, ↑touch me not, ↑Ecballium elaterium • Hypernyms: ↑gourd, ↑gourd vine • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • squirting-cucumber — paprastasis tryškenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Moliūginių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Ecballium elaterium), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje, pietų Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Ecballium elaterium; Momordica elaterium angl.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • squirting cucumber — noun The plant Ecballium elaterium, a member of the cucumber family (Cucurbitaceae), so named because when the fruit is fully ripe it squirts a stream of mucilaginous liquid containing its seeds. Syn: exploding cucumber …   Wiktionary

  • squirting cucumber — a Mediterranean plant, Ecballium elaterium, of the gourd family, whose ripened fruit forcibly ejects the seeds and juice. [1795 1805] * * * ▪ plant       (Ecballium elaterium), trailing herbaceous plant, of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae),… …   Universalium

  • squirting cucumber — wild plant that produces juicy fruit …   English contemporary dictionary

  • squirting cucumber — squirt′ing cu′cumber n. pln a Mediterranean plant, Ecballium elaterium, of the gourd family, whose ripened fruit forcibly ejects the seeds and juice • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

  • squirting cucumber — /ˌskwɜtɪŋ ˈkjukʌmbə/ (say .skwerting kyoohkumbuh) noun a plant, Ecballium elaterium, native to the Mediterranean region, whose ripened fruit forcibly ejects the seeds and juice …   Australian English dictionary

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