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 for Bitter gourd
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gourd \Gourd\, n. [F. gourde, OF. cougourde, gouhourde, fr. L.
     cucurbita gourd (cf. NPr. cougourdo); perh. akin to corbin
     basket, E. corb. Cf. Cucurbite.]
     1. (Bot.) A fleshy, three-celled, many-seeded fruit, as the
        melon, pumpkin, cucumber, etc., of the order
        Cucurbitace[ae]; and especially the bottle gourd
        ({Lagenaria vulgaris) which occurs in a great variety of
        forms, and, when the interior part is removed, serves for
        bottles, dippers, cups, and other dishes.
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     2. A dipper or other vessel made from the shell of a gourd;
        hence, a drinking vessel; a bottle. --Chaucer.
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     Bitter gourd, colocynth.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bitter \Bit"ter\, a. [AS. biter; akin to Goth. baitrs, Icel.
     bitr, Dan., Sw., D., & G. bitter, OS. bittar, fr. root of E.
     bite. See Bite, v. t.]
     1. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of
        wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine;
        bitter as aloes.
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     2. Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe;
        as, a bitter cold day.
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     3. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind;
        calamitous; poignant.
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              It is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast
              forsaken the Lord thy God.            --Jer. ii. 19.
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     4. Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh;
        stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach.
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              Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against
              them.                                 --Col. iii.
                                                    19.
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     5. Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable.
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              The Egyptians . . . made their lives bitter with
              hard bondage.                         --Ex. i. 14.
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     Bitter apple, Bitter cucumber, Bitter gourd. (Bot.) See
        Colocynth.
  
     Bitter cress (Bot.), a plant of the genus Cardamine, esp.
        Cardamine amara.
  
     Bitter earth (Min.), tale earth; calcined magnesia.
  
     Bitter principles (Chem.), a class of substances, extracted
        from vegetable products, having strong bitter taste but
        with no sharply defined chemical characteristics.
  
     Bitter salt, Epsom salts; magnesium sulphate.
  
     Bitter vetch (Bot.), a name given to two European
        leguminous herbs, Vicia Orobus and Ervum Ervilia.
  
     To the bitter end, to the last extremity, however
        calamitous.
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     Syn: Acrid; sharp; harsh; pungent; stinging; cutting; severe;
          acrimonious.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Colocynth \Col"ocynth\, n. [L. colocynthis, Gr. ?. Cf.
     Coloquintida.] (Med.)
     The light spongy pulp of the fruit of the bitter cucumber
     ({Citrullus colocynthis, or Cucumis colocynthis), an
     Asiatic plant allied to the watermelon; coloquintida. It
     comes in white balls, is intensely bitter, and a powerful
     cathartic. Called also bitter apple, bitter cucumber,
     bitter gourd.
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