- a gourd.
- any plant of the gourd family.
- Chemistry. the gourd-shaped portion of an alembic, a vessel formerly used in distilling.
Origin of cucurbit
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They heaped them together in the cucurbit, with the alcohol, lighted the fire, and waited.Bouvard and Pcuchet
Cucurbit, kū′kur-bit, n. a chemical vessel used in distillation, originally shaped like a gourd.
This apparatus consists of a cucurbit and capital of tinned copper or brass, Pl.Elements of Chemistry,
Matrass, mat′ras, n. a chemical vessel with a tapering neck, a cucurbit.
Then lute your cucurbit again, and encrease the fire so as to cause the Spirit to rise fast over the helm.The Toilet of Flora
- any creeping flowering plant of the mainly tropical and subtropical family Cucurbitaceae, which includes the pumpkin, cucumber, squashes, and gourds
C14: from Old French, from Latin cucurbita gourd, cup
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