Definition of calabash in English:


Syllabification: cal·a·bash
Pronunciation: /ˈkaləˌbaSH


(also calabash tree)
1An evergreen tropical American tree that bears fruit in the form of large woody gourds.
  • Crescentia cujete, family Bignoniaceae
More example sentences
  • On Lovers' Lane nearby, some young men and women were flirting, while in the corner under a calabash tree some older men sat debating as to whether or not pawpaw leaves were the best bait for catching angel fish.
  • Across the street, the fat man sporting aviator shades and a floppy straw hat loitered behind a calabash tree perusing the Bermuda Sun.
  • In the early part of the 1800s, the area was extensively planted with maize, potatoes, kumara, taro, calabashes, melons and pumpkins.
1.1A gourd from the calabash tree.
More example sentences
  • Peul musicians play handcrafted flutes, drums, and string instruments, and they use calabashes to beat out rhythms.
  • The Mayumbe near the coast paint calabashes, decorating them with hunting scenes and colorful geometric designs.
  • They also make calabashes (decorated gourds used as utensils).
1.2A water container, tobacco pipe, or other object made from the dried shell of the calabash or similar gourd.
More example sentences
  • The animals' shells made good calabashes for water and food.
  • Drinking water was gathered in calabashes from a spring half way up the western face, reached by a brave volunteer lowered on a flax rope.
  • Despite the fact that wooden milk pails are increasingly replaced by plastic and aluminium containers, calabashes still play an important role in the lives of the Kavango.


mid 17th century: from French calebasse, from Spanish calabaza, perhaps from Persian ḵarbuz 'melon'.

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