- a plant, Citrullus colocynthis, belonging to the gourd family, of the warmer parts of Asia, the Mediterranean region, etc., bearing a round, yellow or green fruit with a bitter pulp.
- the fruit of this plant.
- Pharmacology. the drug derived from the pulp of the unripe but full-grown fruit of this plant, used in medicine chiefly as a purgative.
Origin of colocynth
Examples from the Web for colocynth
Historical Examples of colocynth
Some colocynth is gathered here and there, and dried in the hollows of the rocks.
Mixed with equal parts of colocynth it is applied to carbuncles.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
Colocynth and Elaterium have also been proved to act specifically.The Action of Medicines in the System
Frederick William Headland
Those to be preferred are aloes, colocynth,50 and podophyllin.
She then ate one-half a colocynth, which made her terribly sick, causing a bloody diarrhea.Woman
William J. Robinson
- a cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Citrullus colocynthis, of the Mediterranean region and Asia, having bitter-tasting fruit
- the dried fruit pulp of this plant, used as a strong purgative