(?), a. [Pref. e- + caudate.] 1. (Bot.) Without a tail or spur.
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2. (Zol.) Tailless.
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(?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. . See Ecbole.] (Bot.) A genus of cucurbitaceous plants consisting of the single species Ecballium agreste (or Elaterium), the squirting cucumber. Its fruit, when ripe, bursts and violently ejects its seeds, together with a mucilaginous juice, from which elaterium, a powerful cathartic medicine, is prepared.
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(k"b*ss), n. [L., fr. Gr. 'e`kbasis a going out, issue, or event; 'ek out + bai`nein to go.] (Rhet.) A figure in which the orator treats of things according to their events consequences.
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