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Meaning of GOURD

Pronunciation:  gowrd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  bottle made from the dried shell of a bottle gourd
  2. [n]  any vine of the family Cucurbitaceae that bears fruits with hard rinds
  3. [n]  any of numerous inedible fruits with hard rinds

GOURD is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: calabash, gourd vine
 See Also: balsam apple, balsam pear, bottle, bottle gourd, buffalo gourd, calabash, calabazilla, Cucurbita foetidissima, Cucurbitaceae, Ecballium elaterium, exploding cucumber, family Cucurbitaceae, fruit, gourd family, Lagenaria siceraria, melon, melon vine, Missouri gourd, Momordica balsamina, Momordica charantia, prairie gourd, prairie gourd vine, squirting cucumber, touch-me-not, vine, wild pumpkin



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gourd\, n. [F. gourde, OF. cougourde, gouhourde, fr. L.
    cucurbita gourd (cf. NPr. cougourdo); perh. akin to corbin
    basket, E. corb. Cf. {Cucurbite}.]
    1. (Bot.) A fleshy, three-celled, many-seeded fruit, as the
       melon, pumpkin, cucumber, etc., of the order
       {Cucurbitace[ae]}; and especially the bottle gourd
       ({Lagenaria vulgaris}) which occurs in a great variety of
       forms, and, when the interior part is removed, serves for
       bottles, dippers, cups, and other dishes.
    2. A dipper or other vessel made from the shell of a gourd;
       hence, a drinking vessel; a bottle. --Chaucer.
    {Bitter gourd}, colocynth.
  2. \Gourd\, n.
    A false die. See {Gord}.
  3. \Gourd\, Gourde \Gourde\ n. [Sp. gordo large.]
    A silver dollar; -- so called in Cuba, Hayti, etc.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a gourd in your dream, represents abundance, longevity and fertility. It is also a feminine symbol denoting the womb.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Jonah's gourd (Jonah 4:6-10), bearing the Hebrew name _kikayon_ (found only here), was probably the kiki of the Egyptians, the croton. This is the castor-oil plant, a species of ricinus, the palma Christi, so called from the palmate division of its leaves. Others with more probability regard it as the cucurbita the el-keroa of the Arabs, a kind of pumpkin peculiar to the East. "It is grown in great abundance on the alluvial banks of the Tigris and on the plain between the river and the ruins of Nineveh." At the present day it is trained to run over structures of mud and brush to form boots to protect the gardeners from the heat of the noon-day sun. It grows with extraordinary rapidity, and when cut or injured withers away also with great rapidity.

(2.) Wild gourds (2 Kings 4:38-40), Heb. pakkuoth, belong to the family of the cucumber-like plants, some of which are poisonous. The species here referred to is probably the colocynth (Cucumis colocynthus). The LXX. render the word by "wild pumpkin." It abounds in the desert parts of Syria, Egypt, and Arabia. There is, however, another species, called the Cucumis prophetarum, from the idea that it afforded the gourd which "the sons of the prophets" shred by mistake into their pottage.