• WordNet 3.6
    • n Crescentia a genus of tropical American trees of the family Bignoniaceae; has a short trunk and crooked limbs and drooping branches
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crescentia A small genus of trees or large shrubs, natural order Bignoniaceæ, natives of the tropics. The principal species is the calabash-tree. C. Cujete, of tropical America, bearing a gourd-like fruit, the hard shell of which is applied to many domestic uses, and is often elaborately carved or painted.
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In literature:

The Indian furnishes himself with cups and vessels of all sorts from the cuieira-tree (Crescentia cajeput).
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Crescentia, art thou alive again?
"The Old Man of the Mountain, The Lovecharm and Pietro of Abano" by Ludwig Tieck
In 1504 Pirkheimer's wife Crescentia died in childbirth, after only two years of married life.
"Durer" by M. F. Sweetser
Finally Vitus escaped, and with Modestus and Crescentia fled to Italy.
"Mary, Help of Christians" by Various
Crescentia, the Persian, i.
"Zoological Mythology (Volume II)" by Angelo de Gubernatis