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1. A tendril-bearing Old World vine (Citrullus colocynthis) bearing yellowish, green-mottled fruits the size of small lemons.
2. The fruit of this plant, whose dried, bitter, spongy pulp is a very strong laxative. In both senses also called bitter apple.

[Latin colocynthis, from Greek kolokunthis, from kolokunthē, round gourd.]


1. (Plants) a cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Citrullus colocynthis, of the Mediterranean region and Asia, having bitter-tasting fruit
2. (Pharmacology) the dried fruit pulp of this plant, used as a strong purgative
German name: bitter apple
[C17: from Latin colocynthis, from Greek kolokunthis, from kolokunthē gourd, of obscure origin]


(ˈkɒl ə sɪnθ)

1. Also called bitter apple. a Mediterranean and S Asian plant, Citrullus colocynthis, of the gourd family, bearing a round, yellow or green fruit with a bitter pulp.
2. a drug derived from the pulp of the fruit, used as a purgative.
[1555–65; < Latin colocynthis < Greek kolokynthís, variant of kolókyntha bitter gourd]
References in classic literature ?
The bitter is indeed to come," said the countess; "and such bitter that colocynth is sweet and oleander toothsome in comparison.
after 400/1010) refers to kinaya as a non-linguistic sign: al-'Anbari sent a purse with thorns and another with sand and a colocynth (hanzala) to his people, meaning "the Banu Hanzala will come to you in great numbers, like the abundance of sand and thorns.
Thanks to the miracle of electronics and silicon, one finds that "Citrullus colocynthis, commonly known as the colocynth, bitter apple, bitter cucumber, egusi, or vine of Sodom (I beg your pardon
AL-LAITH: A local newspaper reported on Sunday that an old woman who had lost her sight nearly 50 years ago returned to the land of the seeing after her granddaughter accidentally struck her with a colocynth (aka bitter apple).
When from the poet's plinth The amorous colocynth Yearns for the aloe, faint with rapturous thrills, How can he hymn their throes Knowing, as well he knows, That they are only uncompounded pills?