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calabash

CALABASH, n.

1. A vessel made of a dried gourd-shell or of the shell of a calabash tree, used for containing liquors, or goods, as pitch, rosin and the like.

2. A popular name of the gourd-plant, or Cucurbita.



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CALABASH, n.

1. A vessel made of a dried gourd-shell or of the shell of a calabash tree, used for containing liquors, or goods, as pitch, rosin and the like.

2. A popular name of the gourd-plant, or Cucurbita.

CAL'A-BASH, n. [Sp. calabaza, a pumpkin, a gourd, a calabash; Port. calabaça. Qu. Gr. καλπη, a water-pot or pitcher.]

  1. A vessel made of a dried gourd-shell, or of the shell of a calabash-tree, used for containing liquors or goods, as pitch, resin and the like. – Encyc.
  2. A popular name of the gourd plant, or Cucurbita. – Fam. of Plants.

Cal"a*bash
  1. The common gourd (plant or fruit).
  2. The fruit of the calabash tree.
  3. A water dipper, bottle, bascket, or other utensil, made from the dry shell of a calabash or gourd.

    Calabash tree. (Bot.), a tree of tropical America (Crescentia cujete), producing a large gourdlike fruit, containing a purgative pulp. Its hard shell, after the removal of the pulp, is used for cups, bottles, etc. The African calabash tree is the baobab.

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Calabash

CALABASH, noun

1. A vessel made of a dried gourd-shell or of the shell of a calabash tree, used for containing liquors, or goods, as pitch, rosin and the like.

2. A popular name of the gourd-plant, or Cucurbita.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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chestnut-tree

CHESTNUT-TREE, n. The tree which produces the chestnut. This tree grows to a great size, with spreading branches. It is one of the most valuable timber trees, as the wood is very durable, and forms in America the principal timber for fencing. The timber is also used in building, and for vessels of various kinds.

Dwarf-chestnut, or chinkapin, is another species of Fagus.

Horse-chestnut, is a tree of the genus Aesculus. The common tree of this sort is a native of the North of Asia, and admired for the beauty of its flowers. It is used for shade and ornament, and its nuts are esteemed good food for horses. The scarlet-flowering horse-chestnut is a native of Carolina, Brazil and the East, and is admired for its beauty.

The Indian Rose-chestnut, of the genus Mesua, bears a nut, roundish, pointed and marked with four elevated longitudinal sutures.

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