ecballium definition

  • noun:
    • A genus of cucurbitaceous flowers composed of the solitary species Ecballium agreste (or Elaterium), the squirting cucumber. Its good fresh fruit, whenever ripe, blasts and violently ejects its seeds, as well as a mucilaginous liquid, from where elaterium, a powerful cathartic medicine, is prepared.
    • A genus of cucurbitaceous plants, closely allied to Momordica.
    • exploding cucumber; squirting cucumber

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