1857D. LivingstoneMissionary Trav. 48These melons are not, however, all of them eatable; some are sweet, and others are so bitter that the whole are named by the Boers the ‘bitter water-melon’.
1890P. MacOwan inC.A. SmithCommon Names (1966) 109The Bitterwatermelon..is of some medicinal value.
[1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 109Bitterwaatlemoen,..Citrullus lanatus: In general character like the cultivated watermelon..but smaller...The pulp is intensely bitter and has apparently been known since early colonial days for its purgative properties.]
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