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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ecballium  \Ec*bal"li*um\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ?.  See  {Ecbole}.] 
  (Bot.) 
  A  genus  of  cucurbitaceous  plants  consisting  of  the  single 
  species  Ecballium  agreste  (or  Elaterium),  the  squirting 
  cucumber.  Its  fruit,  when  ripe,  bursts  and  violently  ejects 
  its  seeds,  together  with  a  mucilaginous  juice,  from  which 
  elaterium,  a  powerful  cathartic  medicine,  is  prepared. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Ecballium 
  n  :  exploding  cucumber;  squirting  cucumber  [syn:  {Ecballium},  {genus 
  Ecballium}] 




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