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 Gouk or Gowk.Gourds. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Used in the Middle Ages for corks (Orlando Furioso, x. 106); used also for a cup or bottle. (French, gourde; Latin, cucurbita.)   1
   Jonah’s gourd [kikiven], the Palma Christi, called in Egypt kki. Niebuhr speaks of a specimen which he himself saw near a rivulet, which in October “rose eight feet in five months’ time.” And Volney says, “Wherever plants have water the rapidity of their growth is prodigious. In Cairo,” he adds, “there is a species of gourd which in twentyfour hours will send out shoots four inches long.” (Travels, vol. i. p. 71.)   2

 Gouk or Gowk.Gourds. 


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