• WordNet 3.6
    • n cucurbit any plant of the family Cucurbitaceae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cucurbit (Chem) A vessel or flask for distillation, used with, or forming part of, an alembic; a matrass; -- originally in the shape of a gourd, with a wide mouth. See Alembic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cucurbit A chemical vessel originally shaped like a gourd, but sometimes shallow, with a wide mouth, used in distillation. It may be made of copper, glass, tin, or stoneware. With its head or cover it constitutes the alembic. See alembic.
    • n cucurbit A gourd-shaped vessel for holding liquids. Oriental water-jars are often of this form, and porcelain and earthenware vases of China and Japan are frequently so shaped.
    • n cucurbit A cupping-glass.
    • n cucurbit A plant of the natural order Cucurbitaceæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cucurbit kū′kur-bit a chemical vessel used in distillation, originally shaped like a gourd
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cucurbita, a gourd: cf. F. cucurbite,. See Gourd
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cucurbite—L. cucurbita, a gourd.


In literature:

CUCURBITE, a gourd-shaped vessel used for distillation.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
Then pour it on the Sol, in the cucurbite, And let them macerate together.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
Dry gardeners can do several things to assist cucurbits.
"Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway" by Steve Solomon
CUCURBITE, a gourd-shaped vessel used for distillation.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
CUCURBITE, a gourd-shaped vessel used for distillation.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
CUCURBITE, a gourd-shaped vessel used for distillation.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
Cucurbit, ad scapulas apposite.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Some of the malformations among Cucurbits point to a similar structure.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
They heaped them together in the cucurbit, with the alcohol, lighted the fire, and waited.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
Some berries of several plants belonging to the nightshade family have this peculiarity, as well as some of the cucurbits.
"Seed Dispersal" by William J. Beal
Sometimes, more especially in pharmaceutical operations, the glass or stone ware cucurbit, A, with its capital B, Pl.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier

In news:

The seeds of pumpkins, melons and other cucurbits are an underrecognized food resource in the United States, although they are becoming more popular.
Bees usually do this job, but if your fruit are rotting away before they develop, that is a clear signal that pollinators are not finding your cucurbit plants.
I couldn't even name eight different kinds of melons , so after Seedling Fruit jefe Peter Klein tweeted about having them, I hurried over to Lincoln Square to thump and sniff some sweet cucurbits.