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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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calabash

[ˈkæləbæʃ] Ncalabaza f
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calabash

nKalebasse f; calabash treeKalebassenbaum m
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The balafon is similar to a wooden xylophone but with calabashes for a soundbox.
This characterization covers all types of containers (e.g., pots, calabashes, plates, bottles), but also 'facing down' objects (e.g., hats, lids), and objects such as petroleum lamps, fans, telephones, radios, or television sets.
The smell of the 'lakh' [Senegalese food prepared from roughly kneaded millet flour, which is cooked in water and eaten with curds] cooling in the calabashes pervades the air.