Definition of karela in English:



  • another name for bitter melon

    ‘The herb karela (bitter melon) acts like insulin.’
    • ‘Bitter cucumber (Momordica charantia,) also known as bitter gourd, karela or balsam pear, may be effective as insulin in some cases.’
    • ‘Momordica charantia, also known as bitter melon, balsam pear, or karela, has been referred to as both a vegetable and a fruit, and is widely cultivated in Asia, Africa, and South America.’
    • ‘‘Use the baby karela, which is more bitter, hence the best cure for diabetes’.’
    • ‘Numerous herbs (eg, karela and ginseng) may affect blood glucose levels and should not be used in patients with diabetes mellitus.’
    • ‘Sugar free sherbets made of jamun, amla and karela of immense therapeutic value to diabetics were also available for sale.’
    • ‘They vend odd concoctions of karela, carrot, beetroot and maybe even brinjal.’
    • ‘Who would have thought I would be eating parwal, karela and kaddu and even relishing it?’
    • ‘Eventually, inspired by these noble research efforts, but also by my vodka and karela juice, I decided to make my own contribution.’



/kəˈrālə/ /kəˈreɪlə/


Mid 19th century from Hindi.