|1.||a cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Citrullus colocynthis, of the Mediterranean region and Asia, having bitter-tasting fruit|
|2.||the dried fruit pulp of this plant, used as a strong purgative|
|[C17: from Latin colocynthis, from Greek kolokunthis, from kolokunthē gourd, of obscure origin]|
(Citrullus colocynthis), hairy-stemmed climbing vine, of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), native to the Mediterranean region. The colocynth has small, pale greenish yellow flowers, forked tendrils, hairy, deeply cut leaves, and rounded yellow or green fruits that have a bitter taste. The fruits yield a purgative and a derivative that is used against rodents.
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