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English: Gourds
Français : Courges
Nederlands: (Fles-)Kalebassen
  • English: Gourds — a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae. More specifically the name refers to the plant species in the genera Cucurbita (temperate climates, native to Americas) and Lagenaria (subtropical—tropical climates, native to Africa) — and also to the dried-out and hollow Cucurbitaceae fruit from the various species. (Note. Lagenaria may be named calabash, it shares this name with Crescentia cujete fruits, from the cultivated "calabash tree", and less specifically with all Crescentia trees).
  • Gourds are one of the earliest crops to be domesticated, having been grown for at least 10,000 years as ornamentation or for making musical instruments and utensils. The Bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) dried shell is popular worldwide for crafts and containers.
  • The term Gourd is occasionally used to describe edible crops, such as pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, luffa, and melons.


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