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colocynth


colocynth


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Colocynth  \Col"ocynth\,  n.  [L.  colocynthis,  Gr  ?.  Cf 
  {Coloquintida}.]  (Med.) 
  The  light  spongy  pulp  of  the  fruit  of  the  bitter  cucumber 
  ({Citrullus,  or  Cucumis,  colocynthis}),  an  Asiatic  plant 
  allied  to  the  watermelon;  coloquintida.  It  comes  in  white 
  balls,  is  intensely  bitter,  and  a  powerful  cathartic.  Called 
  also  {bitter  apple},  {bitter  cucumber},  {bitter  gourd}.