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cucurbit (plural cucurbits)
- Any member of the Cucurbita genus of gourds.
- (obsolete) A receptacle, originally gourd-shaped and used for liquids or chemicals; a bottle or other container.
1885, Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, volume 1:
- When Sulayman saw me, he took refuge with Allah and bade me embrace the True Faith and obey his behests; but I refused, so sending for this cucurbit he shut me up therein, and stopped it over with lead