Cal"a*bash (?), n. [Sp. calabaza, or Pg. calabaa, cabaa (cf. F. Calebasse), lit., a dry gourd, fr. Ar. qar', fem., a kind of gourd + aibas dry.]


The common gourd (plant or fruit).


The fruit of the calabash tree.


A water dipper, bottle, backet, or other utensil, made from the dry shell of a calabash or gourd.

Calabash tree. Bot., a tree of tropical America (Crescentia cujete), producing a large gourdike 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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