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balsam apple

noun
1.
a climbing Old World tropical vine, Momordica balsamina, of the gourd family.
2.
the orange, ovoid, warty fruit of this vine.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80
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balsam apple

noun
1.
an ornamental cucurbitaceous vine, Momordica balsamina, of the Old World tropics, with yellow flowers and orange egg-shaped fruits
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((species Echinocystis lobata), climbing plant of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), native to eastern North America. The true balsam apple is Momordica balsamina.

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