any plant of the gourd family.
Chemistry. the gourd-shaped portion of an alembic, a vessel formerly used in distilling.
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How to use cucurbit in a sentence
The force of the steam had broken the instrument to such an extent that the cucurbit was pinned to the head of the still.Bouvard and Pcuchet | Gustave Flaubert
But the proportions are given, and here stands a glass cucurbit in which they should be mingled.
On the small scale, a very capacious, flat-bottomed retort or cucurbit should be employed.
Pour on them two ounces of water, and set the cucurbit into a sand-bath.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed. | Pierre Joseph Macquer
Matrass, mat′ras, n. a chemical vessel with a tapering neck, a cucurbit.
British Dictionary definitions for cucurbit
any creeping flowering plant of the mainly tropical and subtropical family Cucurbitaceae, which includes the pumpkin, cucumber, squashes, and gourds
- cucurbitaceous, adjective
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