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cal·a·bash

 (kăl′ə-băsh′)
n.
2. A tropical American tree (Crescentia cujete) bearing hard-shelled, gourdlike fruits on the trunk and main branches. Also called calabash tree.
3. The fruit of either of these or related plants.
4.
a. A utensil, container, or musical instrument made from the dried, hollowed-out shell of these fruits.
b. A smoking pipe with a curved stem and a large bowl made from the shell of a gourd.

[French calebasse, gourd, from Spanish calabaza; perhaps akin to Spanish carapacho, tortoise shell, shell of a crab or other arthropod, and galápago, tortoise, and of pre-Roman origin.]

calabash

(ˈkæləˌbæʃ)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: calabash tree a tropical American evergreen tree, Crescentia cujete, that produces large round gourds: family Bignoniaceae
2. (Plants) another name for the bottle gourd
3. (Plants) the gourd of either of these plants
4. (Plants) the dried hollow shell of a gourd used as the bowl of a tobacco pipe, a bottle, rattle, etc
5. (Plants) calabash nutmeg a tropical African shrub, Monodora myristica, whose oily aromatic seeds can be used as nutmegs: family Annonaceae
[C17: from obsolete French calabasse, from Spanish calabaza, perhaps from Arabic qar'ah yābisah dry gourd, from qarah gourd + yābisah dry]

cal•a•bash

(ˈkæl əˌbæʃ)

n.
1. any of various gourds, esp. the bottle gourd, Lagenaria siceraria.
2. a tropical American tree, Crescentia cujete, of the bignonia family, bearing large, gourdlike fruit.
3. the fruit of any of these plants.
4. the dried, hollowed-out shell of any of these fruits, used as a container or utensil.
5. a tobacco pipe with a large bowl made from a calabash.
[1590–1600; < Middle French calabasse < Sp calabaza < Catalan carabaça]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calabash - round gourd of the calabash treecalabash - round gourd of the calabash tree  
gourd - any of numerous inedible fruits with hard rinds
2.calabash - tropical American evergreen that produces large round gourdscalabash - tropical American evergreen that produces large round gourds
Crescentia, genus Crescentia - a genus of tropical American trees of the family Bignoniaceae; has a short trunk and crooked limbs and drooping branches
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
3.calabash - Old World climbing plant with hard-shelled bottle-shaped gourds as fruits
gourd vine, gourd - any vine of the family Cucurbitaceae that bears fruits with hard rinds
genus Lagenaria, Lagenaria - bottle gourds
4.calabash - bottle made from the dried shell of a bottle gourdcalabash - bottle made from the dried shell of a bottle gourd
bottle - a glass or plastic vessel used for storing drinks or other liquids; typically cylindrical without handles and with a narrow neck that can be plugged or capped
5.calabash - a pipe for smokingcalabash - a pipe for smoking; has a curved stem and a large bowl made from a calabash gourd
pipe, tobacco pipe - a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking tobacco
Translations
lopótök

calabash

[ˈkæləbæʃ] Ncalabaza f

calabash

nKalebasse f; calabash treeKalebassenbaum m
References in classic literature ?
He caught up a coconut calabash attached to the end of a stick of bamboo, dipped into the greenery of ferns, and presented to Jerry the calabash brimming with the precious water.
He took his nose out of the calabash and with his rose-ribbon strip of tongue licked Lamai's hand.
Immediately the attentive chief addressed a few words to one of the crowd, who disappeared, and returned in a few moments with a calabash of 'poee-poee', and two or three young cocoanuts stripped of their husks, and with their shells partly broken.
So stubborn was its consistency, that in conveying my heavily-weighted hand to my mouth, the connecting links almost raised the calabash from the mats on which it had been placed.
The people of his island of Rokovoko, it seems, at their wedding feasts express the fragrant water of young cocoanuts into a large stained calabash like a punchbowl; and this punchbowl always forms the great central ornament on the braided mat where the feast is held.
Various water-courses filter through, toward the east, and work their way onward to flow into the Kingani, in the midst of gigantic clumps of sycamore, tamarind, calabash, and palmyra trees.
She was sacked as Minister of Housing and Urban Development on 17 March 2016 while being the subject of an Integrity Commission investigation into her role in State payments to the Calabash Foundation, which is headed by Carew.
He saddles Cosmeapolitan and Caspar The Cub and ready preference is for the latter, who did not get the run of the race when a well-held second to Count Calabash when last seen six weeks ago.
KEMPTON: 4.15 War No More, 4.45 Rajman, 5.15 Luxford, 5.45 Roman Spinner, 6.15 Count Calabash, 6.45 Wedding Date, 7.15 Ilhabela Fact, 7.45 Power Home.
BOTANY: Fulani women often transport milk in a decorated bowl made from a dried gourd called a "calabash." That fruit, when dried, is cut and hollowed for use as a basket or for carrying liquids.
Vieux was initially a drummer and calabash player at Mali's Institut National des Arts, but secretly began playing guitar in 2001.
The Osogbo paramount traditional ruler offered prayers for blessings, with the active participation of 'Arugba' (a female virgin who carries the traditional calabash), Yeye Osun and a committee of priestesses.