The timing of calabash, as everyone here seems to acknowledge, throws that debate into sharp relief.
The woman who was the spokesperson held out a calabash, a hollowed out gourd traditionally used to hold the cutters' instruments.
It's in this spirit that calabash surely puts the festival back into the term literary festival.
The headman, Matunda, came back with him, bearing a calabash with water for us.
You see me no more comfortable in it than a cat coiffed with a calabash.
The German traveler Humboldt drank it from the shell of a calabash, and the natives dip their bread of maize or cassava in it.
There was no mirror and she looked into the calabash, seeking for her reflection.
There were many flies in it, too, evidence that the neck of the calabash had been left uncovered at times.
We found the fragments of the calabash strewed over the ground.
The mother arose on the instant, erect and immovable, while calabash uttered the most piercing cries.
1590s, "dried, hollowed gourd used as a drinking cup," from Spanish calabaza, possibly from Arabic qar'a yabisa "dry gourd," from Persian kharabuz, used of various large melons; or from a pre-Roman Iberian *calapaccia.