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calabash

[kal-uh-bash] /ˈkæl əˌbæʃ/
noun
1.
any of various gourds, especially the bottle gourd, Lagenaria siceraria.
2.
a tropical American tree, Crescentia cujete, of the bignonia family, bearing large, gourdlike fruit.
3.
any of several other plants having gourdlike fruit.
4.
the fruit of any of these plants.
5.
the dried, hollowed-out shell of any of these fruits, used as a container or utensil.
6.
a bottle, kettle, ladle, etc., made from such a shell.
7.
a tobacco pipe with a large bowl made from a calabash and usually having a curved stem.
8.
a gourd used as a rattle, drum, etc.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French calabasse < Spanish calabaza < Catalan carabaça, perhaps < Arabic qarʿah yābisah gourd (that is) dry
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Examples from the web for calabash
  • 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.
  • For this reason, one of the calabash subspecies is known as the bottle gourd.
British Dictionary definitions for calabash

calabash

/ˈkæləˌbæʃ/
noun
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
Word Origin
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 and History for calabash
n.

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.

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