What is gourd?

  • (noun): Any of numerous inedible fruits with hard rinds.
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Gourd

A gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae. Gourd is occasionally used to describe crops like cucumbers, squash, luffas, and melons. The term gourd, however, can more specifically refer to the plants of the two Cucurbitaceae genera Lagenaria and Cucurbita, or also to their hollow, dried-out shell. The hard-rinded fruits can have carving done to create scenes raised in relief. Painting and wood burning are also used to decorate the shells.

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Gourd
... A gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae ... Gourd is occasionally used to describe crops like cucumbers, squash, luffas, and melons ... The term gourd, however, can more specifically refer to the plants of the two Cucurbitaceae genera Lagenaria and Cucurbita, or also to their hollow, dried-out shell ...
Cucurbita Foetidissima
... has numerous common names, including buffalo gourd, calabazilla, chilicote, coyote gourd, fetid gourd, fetid wild pumpkin, Missouri gourd, prairie gourd, stinking ... The feral perennial Buffalo gourd has evolved in the semiarid regions and is well adapted to desert environments ... of vine, leaves, fruit-stem, and fruit itself it begins its final gourd stage ...

More definitions of "gourd":

  • (noun): Any vine of the family Cucurbitaceae that bears fruits with hard rinds.
    Synonyms: gourd vine
  • (noun): Bottle made from the dried shell of a bottle gourd.
    Synonyms: calabash

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    Are you not the oasis where I dream, and the gourd from which I drink in long draughts the wine of memory?
    Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867)