calabash

[ kal-uh-bash ]
/ ˈkæl əˌbæʃ /

noun

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Origin of calabash

1590–1600; < Middle French calabasse < Spanish calabaza < Catalan carabaça, perhaps < Arabic qarʿah yābisah gourd (that is) dry
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British Dictionary definitions for calabash

calabash
/ (ˈkæləˌbæʃ) /

noun

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

C17: from obsolete French calabasse, from Spanish calabaza, perhaps from Arabic qar`ah yābisah dry gourd, from qar`ah gourd + yābisah dry
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