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col·o·cynth

(kol'ō-sinth),
The peeled dried fruit of Citrullus colcynthis (family Cucurbitaceae), an herb that grows on the sandy shores of the Mediterranean, resembling somewhat the watermelon plant; formerly widely used as a cathartic and laxative.
Synonym(s): bitter apple
[G. kolokynthē, the round gourd or pumpkin]
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colocynth

A drastic purgative drug, no longer in use.
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According to the present study, the most frequently used plants to control diabetes in our region are walnut, fenugreek, and colocynth. A review article published in 2006, presented the profile of plants with hypoglycaemic effect where 176 species were listed.
after 400/1010) refers to kinaya as a non-linguistic sign: al-'Anbari sent a purse with thorns and another with sand and a colocynth (hanzala) to his people, meaning "the Banu Hanzala will come to you in great numbers, like the abundance of sand and thorns." (36)
CCT Schrad., Cucurbitaceae (colocynth or wild-gourd or bitter-apple), is a nonhardy, herbaceous perennial vine, branched from the base.
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AL-LAITH: A local newspaper reported on Sunday that an old woman who had lost her sight nearly 50 years ago returned to the land of the seeing after her granddaughter accidentally struck her with a colocynth (aka bitter apple).
colocynth (as the label imports) comes to us in a manner well
When from the poet's plinth The amorous colocynth Yearns for the aloe, faint with rapturous thrills, How can he hymn their throes Knowing, as well he knows, That they are only uncompounded pills?
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Dr Tanvir Jamil recommends colocynth (bitter cucumber) 6C, and/or argentum nitricum (silver nitrate) 6C, four times daily.