- any of various gourds, especially the bottle gourd, Lagenaria siceraria.
- a tropical American tree, Crescentia cujete, of the bignonia family, bearing large, gourdlike fruit.
- any of several other plants having gourdlike fruit.
- the fruit of any of these plants.
- the dried, hollowed-out shell of any of these fruits, used as a container or utensil.
- a bottle, kettle, ladle, etc., made from such a shell.
- a tobacco pipe with a large bowl made from a calabash and usually having a curved stem.
- a gourd used as a rattle, drum, etc.
Origin of calabash
Examples from the Web for calabash
Contemporary Examples of calabash
The woman who was the spokesperson held out a calabash, a hollowed out gourd traditionally used to hold the cutters' instruments.How the Gambia is Fighting FGC
February 5, 2011
The timing of Calabash, as everyone here seems to acknowledge, throws that debate into sharp relief.
It's in this spirit that Calabash surely puts the festival back into the term literary festival.
Historical Examples of calabash
I handed him the calabash, and the liquor pleasing his palate, he drank it all off.The Arabian Nights
And taking a morsel of the panela, he soaked it in the water in the calabash and sucked it.
About a glassful of limpid fluid flowed from it into the calabash.
You see me no more comfortable in it than a cat coiffed with a calabash.Notre-Dame de Paris
Then, without drinking, he came running with the calabash to the white men.The Pools of Silence
H. de Vere Stacpoole
- Also called: calabash tree a tropical American evergreen tree, Crescentia cujete, that produces large round gourds: family Bignoniaceae
- another name for the bottle gourd
- the gourd of either of these plants
- the dried hollow shell of a gourd used as the bowl of a tobacco pipe, a bottle, rattle, etc
- calabash nutmeg a tropical African shrub, Monodora myristica, whose oily aromatic seeds can be used as nutmegs: family Annonaceae
Word Origin for calabash
1590s, "dried, hollowed gourd used as a drinking cup," from Spanish calabaza, possibly from Arabic qar'a yabisa "dry gourd," from Persian kharabuz, used of various large melons; or from a pre-Roman Iberian *calapaccia.