Definition of squirting cucumber in English:
A Mediterranean plant of the gourd family, bearing a small cucumber-like fruit which falls readily when ripe and forcibly expels an irritant pulp containing its seeds.
- Ecballium elaterium, family Cucurbitaceae
- The squirting cucumber bursts open and shoot its seeds up to 27 feet away from the parent plant.
- The squirting cucumber can be found on sandy and stony ground, stone walls, grassy places, waste and fallow land.
- When the green, inflated, spiny fruits of the squirting cucumber are ripe, they eject their seeds under hydrostatic pressure so they are dispersed some distance away from the parent plant.
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