any of various gourds, especially the bottle gourd, Lagenaria siceraria.
a tropical American tree, Crescentia cujete, of the bignonia family, bearing large, gourdlike fruit.
any of several other plants having gourdlike fruit.
the fruit of any of these plants.
the dried, hollowed-out shell of any of these fruits, used as a container or utensil.
a bottle, kettle, ladle, etc., made from such a shell.
a tobacco pipe with a large bowl made from a calabash and usually having a curved stem.
a gourd used as a rattle, drum, etc.

1590–1600; < Middle French calabasse < Spanish calabaza < Catalan carabaça, perhaps < Arabic qarʿah yābisah gourd (that is) dry Unabridged
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calabash (ˈkæləˌbæʃ)
1.  Also called: calabash tree a tropical American evergreen tree, Crescentia cujete, that produces large round gourds: family Bignoniaceae
2.  another name for the bottle gourd
3.  the gourd of either of these plants
4.  the dried hollow shell of a gourd used as the bowl of a tobacco pipe, a bottle, rattle, etc
5.  calabash nutmeg a tropical African shrub, Monodora myristica, whose oily aromatic seeds can be used as nutmegs: family Annonaceae
[C17: from obsolete French calabasse, from Spanish calabaza, perhaps from Arabic qar`ah yābisah dry gourd, from qar`ah gourd + yābisah dry]

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Word Origin & History

1590s, "dried, hollowed gourd used as a drinking cup," from Sp. calabaza, possibly from Arabic qar'a yabisa "dry gourd," from Pers. kharabuz, used of various large melons; or from a pre-Roman Iberian *calapaccia.
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Example sentences
The bucket of water was set on the ground, with the upside-down calabash placed on top.
The slats are secured over two rows of calabash gourds, which serve as natural amplifiers.
Underneath, two rows of calabash gourds serve as natural amplifiers.
Calabash was named after gourds that grew in the region, which were used for drinking.
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