One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for colocynth
- ‘The pulp is very bitter; hence the terms bitter apple, devil's apple, &c., by which it is popularly known.’
- ‘The bitter apple, Citrullus colocynthis, has a spongy pulp that when dried is the source of the glucosidal drug colocynth.’
- ‘Colocynth, or bitter apple, from India and Saharan Africa, was termed a "drastic" and "powerful" purge.’
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