A CREEPING plant of the melon kind, cultivated in many parts of Europe and the East. The branches or stalks are ten feet long, thick, angular, fleshy, and hairy: they trail upon the ground unless supported. The leaves are large, and stand singly on long foot-stalks; they are divided deeply into five parts, and are hairy also, and of a pale green colour; the flowers are large and yellow; and very like those of our cucumbers: the fruit is also like the melon and cucumber kinds, roundish, often flatted, and composed of a fleshy part under a thick rind, with seeds and juice within.
The seeds are the only part used, our druggists keep them; they are cooling, and they work by urine gently; they are best given in form of an emulsion, beat up with barley-water.
The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.