calabash

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n calabash a pipe for smoking; has a curved stem and a large bowl made from a calabash gourd
    • n calabash bottle made from the dried shell of a bottle gourd
    • n calabash Old World climbing plant with hard-shelled bottle-shaped gourds as fruits
    • n calabash tropical American evergreen that produces large round gourds
    • n calabash round gourd of the calabash tree
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "Calabash" pipe, most often associated with Sherlock Holmes, was not used by him until William Gillette (an American) portrayed Holmes on stage. Gillette needed a pipe he could keep in his mouth while he spoke his lines.
    • Calabash A water dipper, bottle, bascket, or other utensil, made from the dry shell of a calabash or gourd.
    • Calabash The common gourd (plant or fruit).
    • Calabash The fruit of the calabash tree.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n calabash A fruit of the tree Crescentia Cujete hollowed out, dried, and used as a vessel to contain liquids. These shells are so close-grained and hard that when containing liquid they may be used several times as kettles upon the fire without injury.
    • n calabash A gourd of any kind used in the same way. Such vesselsare often decorated with conventional patterns and figures made in very slight relief by scraping away the surface surrounding them, and are sometimes stained in variegated colors.
    • n calabash A popular name of the gourd-plant, Lagenaria vulgaris.
    • n calabash A name given to the red cap or tarboosh of Tunis. See tarboosh and fez.
    • n calabash The head, with an implication of emptiness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Calabash kal′a-bash a tree of tropical America, bearing a large melon-like fruit, the shell of which, called a calabash, is used for domestic purposes, as holding liquids, &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. calabaza, or Pg. calabaça, cabaça,cf. F. Calebasse,), lit., a dry gourd, fr. Ar. qar', fem., a kind of gourd + aibas, dry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. calebasse—Sp. calabaza—Pers. kharbuz, melon.

Usage

In literature:

The crushed calabash still hung upon its thong; but the last drops it had contained were trickling down the flanks of my horse.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Hammocks of cotton netting were hung up, and their utensils were formed of calabashes or earthenware.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The calabashes reached me in a state of complete desiccation.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
The sight of the steamer was a novel one; the deck was covered with men, women, children, and dogs, with mats, calabashes, etc.
"Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California" by Mary Evarts Anderson
He laid aside a huge, old-fashioned calabash pipe and offered a pudgy hand.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
Even dogs had to be muzzled and fowls shut up in calabashes for twenty-four hours at a time.
"The Hawaiian Islands" by The Department of Foreign Affairs
His eyes popped open and the calabash was immediately laid aside.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
At home they slept on mats on the floor, ate poi out of calabashes with their fingers and wore only the holoku.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
You brought me a drop of water from his calabash.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas
Here they changed into fishes, and the calabash filled with water.
"The Arawack Language of Guiana in its Linguistic and Ethnological Relations" by Daniel G. Brinton
I took my calabash gourds and entered the boat that hung from the davits astern.
"The Rose of Paradise" by Howard Pyle
This tree, which supplies the calabash used throughout Central America, has some very odd peculiarities.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
The chief's eyes sparkled as he watched the gurgling rush of the potent liquid into the calabash drinking vessel.
"A Frontier Mystery" by Bertram Mitford
One of the Hawaiian legends also says that while the brothers were paddling in full strength, Maui saw a calabash floating in the water.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
Den you'll be all right, an' he'll get de shambokkin, when you takes de calabashes down to you' daddy.
"Old Hendrik's Tales" by Arthur Owen Vaughan
Creeping within, he found the great calabash.
"John Ames, Native Commissioner" by Bertram Mitford
Taking her home Ma laid her in a big calabash and brooded over her with tender care, and by and by she recovered, and became healthy and pretty.
"The White Queen of Okoyong" by W.P. Livingstone
I also shut mine and lit the calabash.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
But "Bill" Klem has friends because I have seen him with them, and besides he has a constant companion, which is a calabash pipe.
"Pitching in a Pinch" by Christy Mathewson
It was offered to us in the shell of a calabash.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
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In news:

SOWETO, South Africa — The 94,700-seat Soccer City Stadium is shaped like a calabash, a gourd used as a cooking pot.
Kurt Smith rolled a 266 game as part of a 694 series to highlight play in the Calabash Elks bowling league at the Little River (S.
Put-in-Bay's Bob Gatewood performs with Calabash to aid City Mission.
At Brothers Lounge in Lakewood, on Saturday, Nov 24 at 9 pm, 87.7 FM and Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay are teaming up to present singer/songwriter Bob Gatewood and his band Calabash .
Gregg Holshouser's Outdoors Column Fish Meister out of Calabash , N.C. Finishes second in SKA Nationals.
Sure, veteran Calabash angler Dean Spatholt was thrilled with finishing second in the prestigious SKA Nationals held in Biloxi, Miss.
A Calabash man will serve 10 year in prison after he pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a man at his Horry County, SC, vacation home three years ago, the Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports citing court records.
Investigators say after a six-month investigation, police found that Jada Atkinson and April Winch allegedly stole $115,000 from Tidewater Dental Office in Calabash .
Calabash 's new owners, Sean Henry and Wayne Brejcha.
Ed Newmann and Monica Kendall, founders and owners of Calabash Animation (www.calabashanimation.com), have sold the company to long-time staffers Wayne Brejcha and Sean Henry.
Brejcha, who joined Calabash in 1990, takes over as chairman and animation director.
At Brothers Lounge in Lakewood, on Saturday, Nov 24 at 9 pm, 87.7 FM and Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay are teaming up to present singer/songwriter Bob Gatewood and his band Calabash.
Calabash isn't doing public business clearly and transparently .
It looks as if some officials in Calabash may have been trying to pull the wool over their constituents' eyes.
Deputies with the Brunswick County, N.C. Sheriff's Officer are searching for two men in connection with an early morning armed robbery in Calabash, according to a news release.
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