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Ecballium   Listen
noun
Ecballium  n.  (Bot.) 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.






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Words linked to "Ecballium" :   dicot genus, family Cucurbitaceae, touch-me-not, Ecballium elaterium, exploding cucumber, magnoliopsid genus, Cucurbitaceae, gourd family, squirting cucumber



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