balsam apple

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:
1570–80

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balsam apple
 
n
an ornamental cucurbitaceous vine, Momordica balsamina, of the Old World tropics, with yellow flowers and orange egg-shaped fruits

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balsam apple

(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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