gourde

Definitions

  • THE GOURD
    THE GOURD
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gourde the basic unit of money in Haiti
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Gourd-shaped vessel: Arkansas.--1/3 Gourd-shaped vessel: Arkansas.--1/3

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Watermelon, considered one of America's favorite fruits, is really a vegetable (Citrullus lanatus). Cousin to the cucumber and kin to the gourd, watermelons can range in size from 7 to 100 pounds.
    • n Gourde A silver dollar; -- so called in Cuba, Haiti, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gourde The Franco-American name for a dollar, in use in Louisiana, Cuba, Hayti, etc.
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Idioms

Lose your gourd - If someone has lost the gourd, they are out of the mind or have gone crazy- "gourd" is a melon-like plant that symbolizes a person's head. ("Out of your gourd" and "Off your gourd" are also used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. gordo, large

Usage

In literature:

The cavity, which was about fifteen inches deep, was gourd-shaped, and was wrought with great skill and regularity.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various
Thereafter, Zashue visited the quarters of the Gourd people at the big house every night.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
They seize in their right hand the hula gourd, clattering with pebbles inside.
"Hawaiian Folk Tales" by Various
Us loved to drink out of gourds.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The medicine man had a shot-filled gourd, a bunch of dried herbs, and an unlimited capacity for howling.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
With traffickers in virgins the price grows as rapidly as Jonah's gourd.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
Reach up dar on dat shelf and git dat piece o' paper behin' de 'lasses gourd.
"What Might Have Been Expected" by Frank R. Stockton
A gourd with pebbles inside, used as a rattle.
"Illustrated Catalogue of the Collections Obtained from the Indians of New Mexico in 1880" by James Stevenson
Wolpi dance gourd 393 Fig.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
The guide's gourd, not quite half full, was all that was left for us three!
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
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In poetry:

Paw bends to read his almanax
An' study out the weather,
An' bud has got a gourd o' grease
To ile his harness leather.
"Before Bedtime" by John Charles McNeill
As once for Jonah, so the Lord
To soothe and cheer my mournful hours,
Prepared for me a pleasing gourd,
Cool was its shade, and sweet its flow'rs.
"The Gourd" by John Newton
The Rose withers, the blossome blasteth,
The flowre fades, the morning hasteth:
The Sunne sets, the shadow flies,
The Gourd consumes, and man he dies.
"Hos Ego Versiculos" by Francis Quarles
A few gourd leaves that waved about
Cut down and boiled;--the feast how spare!
But the good host his spirits takes,
Pours out a cup, and proves them rare.
"Hospitality" by Confucius
Behold! of rock and pile and board
A modern miracle,
My neighbor's dwelling, roofed and floored,
That rapid grew as Jonah's gourd,
And far more beautiful.
"Improvement." by Hattie Howard
The melon yellows in the kindly sun,
The peach puts on its blush like virtuous maid,
The gourd its snow-white band like brow of nun,
While flower and gum the air with fragrance lade.
"September" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

You can make unique wearable art by decorating dried hard-shelled gourds .
You can create beautiful and unique jewelry by decorating dried gourds .
There are so many things that can be done with dried gourds .
Wearable art — pins, combs, pendants and bracelets — all can be easily made from hard-shelled gourds .
The Lord of the Gourd Pat Harrison is a professional pumpkin sculptor.
This showcase features mixed media decorated gourds .
The various gourds have been carved, dyed or painted with colored pencil or acrylic and transformed into containers, jewelry, sculptures, and ornaments.
Also included are paintings of gourds .
Gourd lines provide purple martin perches.
A sprinkling of assemblages and painted gourd vessels.
If you're a fan of The Gourds — our favorite Texas Americana band that covers Snoop Dogg — then your presence is requested at the beach on Saturday night.
Pumpkins, Gourds, and Glitter oh my.
Whether you want to create a jack-o-lantern or simply dress your yard with autumn color, pumpkins and other gourdes are great ways to inexpensively give your home some festive flair.
Ray Villafane is a former teacher who found his medium after carving a gourd a student gave him.
No, for Alfred Moritz, a 79-year-old retired architect who lives in Rockville, it was the fat orange gourds that were frightening.
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