Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Calabash, from the Spanish calabazo, a gourd, the common name of Crescentia Cujete, a tree largely grown in tropical America and the West Indies. Its globular fruits with a woody shell are used instead of pottery for basins, cups, pails, spoons, and even kettles. The pulp is purgative, and the wood, though only obtainable in narrow planks, is light, tough, and pliant.