missouri-gourd

Missouri gourd

noun
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calabazilla

[kal-uh-buh-zee-uh]
noun
a prostrate vine, Cucurbita foetidissima, of the gourd family, native to southwestern North America, having yellow flowers, round, inedible green and yellow fruit, and an unpleasant odor.
Also called mock orange, Missouri gourd, wild pumpkin.


Origin:
1880–85, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish calabacilla < Spanish: squirting cucumber, diminutive of calabaza; see calabash

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