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Gourd, Squash, Pumpkin, Melon: What’s the Difference?

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This article is an introduction, with pictures, of plants of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae) which you are likely to find cultivated in Indonesia. Along the way we also touch on a few other plants which are unmistakably not gourds, but which through ignorance have sometimes been confused with gourds.
Sulang Language Data and Working Papers: Topics in Lexicography
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Sulawesi Language Alliance
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Mead, David
Martens, Michael
Table of Contents: 
What is a gourd?; What is a calabash?; What is a jack?; What is a bael tree?; Who was Raden Wijaya?; What are squashes and pumpkins?; What is a cucumber?; What is a gherkin?; What is a bur cucumber?; What is a creeping cucumber?; What is a flying cucumber?; What is a watermelon?; What is a colocynth?; What plant shaded Jonah?; What is a melon?; What is an oriental pickling melon?; What is a snap melon?; What is a Queen Anne's pocket melon?; What is a mandrake?; What is a chate melon?; What is a winter melon?; What is a bitter melon?; What is a spiny gourd?; What is a pointed gourd?; What is a chayote?; What is an ivy gourd?; Concluding remarks; References & other resources;
Version History: 
Version 1 [03 June 2013] This paper originally circulated November 2010; sporadically updated since and reformatted for publication June 2013.
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