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Bitter apple

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Bitter apple --> colocynth

The peeled dried fruit of Citrullus colcynthis (family Cucurbitaceae), an herb of the sandy shores of the Mediterranean, resembling somewhat the watermelon plant; formerly widely used as a cathartic and laxative.

Synonym: bitter apple.

Origin: g. Kolokynthe, the round gourd or pumpkin