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  1. Ecballium, genus Ecballium(noun)

    exploding cucumber; squirting cucumber

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  1. Ecballium(noun)

    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

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. . See Ecbole.]


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