bottle gourd

Origin of bottle gourd

First recorded in 1860–65

gourd

[gawrd, gohrd, goo rd]
noun
  1. the hard-shelled fruit of any of various plants, especially those of Lagenaria siceraria (white-flowered gourd or bottle gourd), whose dried shell is used for bowls and other utensils, and Cucurbita pepo (yellow-flowered gourd), used ornamentally.Compare gourd family.
  2. a plant bearing such a fruit.
  3. a dried and excavated gourd shell used as a bottle, dipper, flask, etc.
  4. a gourd-shaped, small-necked bottle or flask.
Idioms
  1. out of/off one's gourd, Slang. out of one's mind; crazy.

Origin of gourd

1275–1325; Middle English gourd(e), courde < Anglo-French (Old French cöorde) < Latin cucurbita
Related formsgourd·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bottle gourd

gourd

noun
  1. the fruit of any of various cucurbitaceous or similar plants, esp the bottle gourd and some squashes, whose dried shells are used for ornament, drinking cups, etc
  2. any plant that bears this fruitSee also sour gourd, dishcloth gourd, calabash
  3. a bottle or flask made from the dried shell of the bottle gourd
  4. a small bottle shaped like a gourd
Derived Formsgourdlike, adjectivegourd-shaped, adjective

Word Origin for gourd

C14: from Old French gourde, ultimately from Latin cucurbita

bottle gourd

noun
  1. an Old World cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Lagenaria siceraria, having large hard-shelled gourds as fruits
  2. the fruit of this plant
Also called: calabash
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Word Origin and History for bottle gourd

gourd

n.

c.1300, from Anglo-French gourde, from Old French coorde, ultimately from Latin cucurbita "gourd," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to cucumis "cucumber."

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