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From Spanish calabaza (pumpkin, gourd), possibly from Arabic قَرْعَة يَابِسَة(qarʿa yābisa, dry gourd) or directly from Persian خربزه(xarboza, xarboze, melon), from Ancient Greek καρπός (karpós), or from a pre-Roman substrate of Iberia word *calapaccia; cognate with French calebasse (gourd), Portuguese cabaça.

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calabash (plural calabashes)

  1. A vine grown for its fruit, which can be harvested young and used as a vegetable, or harvested mature, dried, and used as a container, like a gourd. In particular, Lagenaria siceraria.
    1. (originally) The fruit of such a vine.
  2. A tree grown for its fruit, which can be harvested mature and dried, and used as a container. In particular, Crescentia cujete.
    1. The fruit of such a tree.
  3. A utensil traditionally made of the dried shell of a calabash and used as a bottle, dipper, utensil or pipe, etc.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 13:
      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.
    1. A musical instrument, most commonly a drum or rattle, made from a calabash.

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