calabash tree

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n calabash tree tropical American evergreen that produces large round gourds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Calabash tree (Bot) a tree of tropical America (Crescentia cujete), producing a large gourdlike fruit, containing a purgative pulp. Its hard shell, after the removal of the pulp, is used for cups, bottles, etc. The African calabash tree is the baobab.
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Usage

In literature:

The leaves of the plantain-tree, supplied the want of table-linen; and calabash shells, split in two, served for cups.
"Paul and Virginia" by Bernardin de Saint Pierre
The calabash tree is also found growing wild on every estate.
"Jack in the Forecastle" by John Sherburne Sleeper
Ah, there is a calabash-tree!
"Mr. Fortescue" by William Westall
The calabashes here are very prickly: the trees grow tall and tapering; whereas in the West Indies they are low and spread much abroad.
"A Continuation of a Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
On another, sand-box and calabash trees rattled their huge fruit like warring savages.
"The Flower of the Chapdelaines" by George W. Cable
One day I found in my way several dry calabashes that had fallen from a tree.
"The Ontario Readers: Fourth Book" by Various
One day I found several dry calabashes that had fallen from a tree.
"The Arabian Nights Entertainments" by Anonymous
Calabashes full of toddy, prepared from the sap of the cocoa-nut tree, were then introduced.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
Calabash Trees, page 123.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
There is also a calabash-tree, the fruit not exceeding the size of oranges.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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