gourd (gôrd, grd)
1. Any of several trailing or climbing cucurbit plants bearing fruits with a hard rind, especially Lagenaria siceraria and a variety of Cucurbita pepo.
a. The fruit of such a plant, sometimes of unusual shape or color.
b. The dried and hollowed-out shell of one of these fruits, often used as a container or as a decorative object.
off/out of (one's) gourd Slang
Very foolish; crazy.
[Middle English gourde, from Anglo-Norman, ultimately from Latin cucurbita.]
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