Definitions for: Ecballium

[n] exploding cucumber; squirting cucumber

Webster (1913) Definition: Ec*bal"li*um, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?. See Ecbole.]
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.

Synonyms: genus Ecballium

See Also: Cucurbitaceae, dicot genus, Ecballium elaterium, exploding cucumber, family Cucurbitaceae, gourd family, magnoliopsid genus, squirting cucumber, touch-me-not

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