- noun the fruit of a trailing or climbing plant. Many varieties are cultivated either as ornamental plants or to provide dried bottle-like containers which can be used as utensils such as water carriers.
- The name used for members of the squash family the skins of whose fruits can be used as containers or for decoration. Several of the over 500 varieties are useful as edible vegetables e.g. bottle gourd, turk’s cap gourd turban gourd, towel gourd, snake gourd.
- noun the head. The word is almost always heard in the phrase ‘out of one’s gourd’.