Definition of gourd in English:


Pronunciation /ɡôrd//ɡo͝ord/


  • 1A fleshy, typically large fruit with a hard skin, some varieties of which are edible.

    • ‘Others planted truck gardens and sold corn, cotton, peanuts, sweet potatoes, tobacco, indigo, watermelons, and gourds at the market for profit.’
    • ‘Sitting in the verandah, the separate smells of tomatoes, lemons and gourd reach me, and I know I will smell them again in my memory.’
    • ‘Fruits and vegetables that love long, warm summers - melons, gourds, and corn - typically do well here.’
    • ‘In the vegetable market, even the prices of locally grown bitter gourd, ash pumpkin and cucumber are rising.’
    • ‘The musical instruments include hollowed-out gourds and reveal the continuity of African heritage.’
    • ‘A Louisiana slave gardener also built birdhouses from hollowed gourds to attract nesting birds that protected vegetables from insects and other pests.’
    • ‘Modern Hopi farmers still use the old methods, raising mainly corn, melons, gourds, and many varieties of beans.’
    • ‘The gourds or fruits, which are about 5 cm long, yellowish-white, and prickled on the upper part, are cooked as a vegetable, notably in Peru.’
    • ‘The desert-dwelling Shasta ground sloth would have eaten the ripe gourds in autumn.’
    • ‘Greens and gourds are cooked with prawns with the batter of crushed poppy seeds and deep-fried.’
    • ‘When walking outside collect some colorful leaves, pinecones and acorns, then gather together a bunch of small pumpkins, gourds, apples and Indian corn.’
    • ‘We can now enjoy the colorful autumn season as it passes to winter, from the rice in the fields, to corn, oatmeal, Indian millet, and various fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, grapes, gourds, and pumpkins.’
    • ‘Maracas are made by drilling a few small holes in dried gourds and placing dried seeds or glass beads inside.’
    • ‘Early man used gourds for bowls, fishing nets, drinking vessels, musical instruments and other functional forms.’
    • ‘It is eaten with vegetables such as onion, garlic, eggplant, and a variety of gourds according to the season.’
    • ‘You'll get the best flavor from blemish-free gourds that are heavy for their size and that have one-to-two-inch stems (shape isn't important).’
    • ‘In the ‘Dry Curries’ section, the ones to try are the stuffed ridge gourd, stuffed gherkins and masala drumstick curry.’
    1. 1.1 A drinking container, water container, or ornament made from the hard hollowed and dried skin of a gourd.
      • ‘She saw other people further down the river, taking drinks or filling gourds.’
      • ‘Handicraft articles include baskets, straw hats, net and saddle bags, hammocks, straw mats, gourds, woodcarvings, and masks.’
      • ‘Merchants lay out plastic jugs, blankets, medicinal cures, metal pots, religious pamphlets, gourds, and stack great bundles of glittering bangles.’
      • ‘Other handicraft items include hammocks, baskets, mats, embroidery, leatherwork, coral jewelry, and carved and painted gourds and dolls.’
      • ‘Along with the bag there is some other container, often a gourd, to hold the lime paste.’
      • ‘Woodcrafted products include traditional masks, carved squash gourds, and colonial-style doors and furniture.’
      • ‘Fruit and gourds filled with tea and water were passed through the bars.’
      • ‘Women engrave designs into yellow calabash gourds.’
      • ‘He passed her a gourd of water and she gulped it down.’
      • ‘In their spare time, Fulani women make handicrafts including engraved gourds, weavings, knitting, and baskets.’
      • ‘They used a carved gourd to store milk and water.’
      • ‘The tea was traditionally drunk from a gourd, sipped through a straw known as a bombilla.’
      • ‘Some men sat around the fire, cooking meat on sticks, drinking from gourds and laughing.’
      • ‘Then they rinse out their mouths with gourds full of water from an oil drum.’
      • ‘By the 1770s this market had penetrated as far north as Cuenca, where the traditional gourd with silver straw began to appear on elite tables in this tertiary northern Andean city.’
      • ‘Carving tools are very sharp, and the dried gourds are very hard.’
      • ‘The only thing they seem to do more then butchering animals in Uruguay, is drink Mate, a sort of super strong version of green tea that is drunk from a gourd through a silver straw.’
      • ‘The Snake Man's mother took a clay pot, poured into it some water from a gourd by her side, and put it over the fire.’
      • ‘Ancient historical documents describe the use of crude containers, such as gourds, leaves, shells, animal skins, and even human skulls.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, one can still observe the use of traditional pipes, water-pots for music, decorated walking sticks exchanged at marriage, and the use of gourds and pottery.’
  • 2A climbing or trailing plant that bears gourds.

    • ‘Other unusual plants include bottle gourds whose beautiful ornamental shapes were used for hundreds of years by native Americans to carry and store water.’
    • ‘We have a chainlink fence in the front yard with vines and gourds growing on it.’
    • ‘The potted chilly, lady's finger or brinjal plants, along with an array of gourds, occupy about 400 square foot of space on his terrace.’
    • ‘The gardens were in full autumnal splendor as dried flowers and flame bright orange, yellow gourds adorned the gates.’
    • ‘Twig trees decorated with paperwhite blossoms and rose hips can be grouped with gilded gourds.’
    • ‘This is connected to a large bamboo teepee with pole beans, gourds and other climbing plants covering it.’
    • ‘This year we're also growing birdhouse gourds.’
    • ‘Sometimes pumpkins or gourds are planted instead of squash.’
    • ‘Special care is given to the gourd plant as it grows and forms fruit after its flowers fade.’
    • ‘Both sides of this versatile trellis are used, and it can be made sturdy enough to support heavy crops such as gourds and pumpkins.’
    • ‘In addition to staple crops, gourds and tobacco are also planted.’


Middle English: from Old French gourde, based on Latin cucurbita.