Col"ocynth (?), n. [L. colocynthis, Gr. . Cf. Coloquintida.] Med.

The light spongy pulp of the fruit of the bitter cucumber (Citrullus, ∨ Cucumis, colocynthis), an Asiatic plant allied to the watermelon; coloquintida. It comes in white balls, is intensely bitter, and a powerful cathartic. Called also bitter apple, bitter cucumber, bitter gourd.


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