balsam pear n.
1. A tropical, Old World, tendril-bearing annual vine (Momordica charantia) having yellow flowers and orange, warty fruits that open at maturity to expose red-coated seeds.
2. The immature fruit of this plant, used as a vegetable in Asian cuisine. The ripe fruit is not eaten. Also called bitter gourd, bitter melon.

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Universalium. 2010.

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