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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]

colocynth

A drastic purgative drug, no longer in use.

colocynth

citrulluscolocynthis.
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Bitter apple plants Citrullus colocynthis, also known as bitter cucumber and colocynth or desert gourd, belong to the family of Cucurbitaceae and have a wide distribution, being commonly found in the sandy lands of India, Arabia, West Asia, and Tropical Africa and in the Mediterranean region (Pravin et al.
There are, however, no fruits comparable to the watermelons of the Kalahari or the colocynths (bitter cucumbers) of the Sahara, which are both nutritious and full of water.