cucurbit

[kyoo-kur-bit]
noun
1.
a gourd.
2.
any plant of the gourd family.
3.
Chemistry. the gourd-shaped portion of an alembic, a vessel formerly used in distilling.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English cucurbite < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cucurbita; cf. gourd, courgette

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cucurbit (kjuːˈkɜːbɪt)
 
n
any creeping flowering plant of the mainly tropical and subtropical family Cucurbitaceae, which includes the pumpkin, cucumber, squashes, and gourds
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin cucurbita gourd, cup]
 
cucurbi'taceous
 
adj

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