gourd family

gourd family
the plant family Cucurbitaceae, characterized by tendril-bearing vines, either trailing or climbing and having alternate, palmately lobed leaves, often large yellow or greenish flowers, and many-seeded, fleshy fruit with a hard rind, and including the cucumber, gourd, melon, pumpkin, and squash.

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  • gourd family — noun a family of herbaceous vines (such as cucumber or melon or squash or pumpkin) • Syn: ↑Cucurbitaceae, ↑family Cucurbitaceae • Derivationally related forms: ↑cucurbitaceous (for: ↑Cucurbitaceae) • …   Useful english dictionary

  • gourd family — gourd′ fam ily n. pln a plant family, Cucurbitaceae, of nonwoody vines with tendrils, having palmately lobed leaves, large yellow to greenish flowers, and many seeded fleshy fruits with a hard rind …   From formal English to slang

  • gourd´like´ — gourd «grd, gohrd, gurd», noun. 1. the fruit of certain vines, with hard rinds and many flat seeds. It belongs to the gourd family. One kind, the bottle gourd, is dried and hollowed out and used for cups, bowls, bottles, and other utensils. 2.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • gourd — [gôrd, goord] adj. [ME gourde < OFr gouorde < L cucurbita] designating a family (Cucurbitaceae, order Violales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the squash, melon, cucumber, and pumpkin n. 1. any trailing or climbing plant belonging to… …   English World dictionary

  • gourd — gourdlike, adj. /gawrd, gohrd, goord/, n. 1. the hard shelled fruit of any of various plants, esp. those of Lagenaria siceraria (white flowered gourd or bottle gourd), whose dried shell is used for bowls and other utensils, and Cucurbita pepo… …   Universalium

  • gourd vine — noun any vine of the family Cucurbitaceae that bears fruits with hard rinds • Syn: ↑gourd • Hypernyms: ↑vine • Hyponyms: ↑prairie gourd, ↑prairie gourd vine, ↑Missouri gourd, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • family Cucurbitaceae — noun a family of herbaceous vines (such as cucumber or melon or squash or pumpkin) • Syn: ↑Cucurbitaceae, ↑gourd family • Derivationally related forms: ↑cucurbitaceous (for: ↑Cucurbitaceae) • Hypernyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • gourd — [[t]gɔrd, goʊrd, gʊərd[/t]] n. 1) pln the hard shelled fruit of any plant belonging to the gourd family, esp. of the genus Cucurbita, made into bowls, ladles, etc 2) pln a plant bearing such a fruit 3) a dried and excavated gourd shell used as a… …   From formal English to slang

  • gourd — noun Etymology: Middle English gourde, from Anglo French gurde, gourde, from Latin cucurbita Date: 14th century 1. any of a family (Cucurbitaceae, the gourd family) of chiefly herbaceous tendril bearing vines including the cucumber, melon, squash …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Gourd art — Gourd crafting and painting has evolved from early hand carvings to the modern day use by some of electric wood burners and high speed pen shaped drills that can be used to inscribe almost any design. The American Gourd Society, headquartered in… …   Wikipedia

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