bottle gourd


noun

See under gourd(def 1).

Origin of bottle gourd

First recorded in 1860–65

Definition for bottle gourd (2 of 2)

gourd
[ gawrd, gohrd, goo rd ]
/ gɔrd, goʊrd, gʊərd /

noun

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.
a plant bearing such a fruit.
a dried and excavated gourd shell used as a bottle, dipper, flask, etc.
a gourd-shaped, small-necked bottle or flask.

Origin of gourd

1275–1325; Middle English gourd(e), courde < Anglo-French (Old French cöorde) < Latin cucurbita

OTHER WORDS FROM gourd

gourd·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bottle gourd (1 of 2)

gourd
/ (ɡʊəd) /

noun

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
any plant that bears this fruitSee also sour gourd, dishcloth gourd, calabash
a bottle or flask made from the dried shell of the bottle gourd
a small bottle shaped like a gourd

Derived forms of gourd

gourdlike, adjectivegourd-shaped, adjective

Word Origin for gourd

C14: from Old French gourde, ultimately from Latin cucurbita

British Dictionary definitions for bottle gourd (2 of 2)

bottle gourd

noun

an Old World cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Lagenaria siceraria, having large hard-shelled gourds as fruits
the fruit of this plant
Also called: calabash
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