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[kal-uh-bah-zuh, kah-luh-; Spanish kah-lah-vah-sah] /ˌkæl əˈbɑ zə, ˌkɑ lə-; Spanish ˌkɑ lɑˈvɑ sɑ/
noun, plural calabazas
[kal-uh-bah-zuh z, kah-luh-; Spanish kah-lah-vah-sahs] /ˌkæl əˈbɑ zəz, ˌkɑ lə-; Spanish ˌkɑ lɑˈvɑ sɑs/ (Show IPA)
a calabash. Unabridged
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Examples for calabaza
  • These three exotic vegetables: calabaza squash, chayote squash, and bitter melon are all becoming more mainstream.
  • Research must focus on cultivar improvement for tropical-type sweet potato and tropical pumpkin or calabaza.
  • calabaza squash, also known as tropical pumpkin, is grown mostly in tropical and semi-tropical climates.
Contemporary definitions for calabaza

a very large pumpkin-like squash with orange flesh that is moister and sweeter than pumpkin; also called abobora , ahuyama , crapaudback , Cuban squash , giraumon , toadback , West Indian pumpkin , zapallo

Word Origin

Spanish for 'pumpkin'

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