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Crescentia, asteroid 660 (the 660th asteroid to be discovered, on January 8, 1908), is approximately 42 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 4 years. Its name is the personification of a Latin word for increasing or growing, and is related to the crescent Moon in its waxing phase. In a natal chart, its location by sign and house indicates where and how one is most likely to experience expansion. When afflicted by inharmonious aspects, Crescentia may show decrease, or less-than-desirable increase. If prominent in a chart (e.g., conjunct the Sun or the Ascendant), it may show an exceptionally expansive person.


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a genus of trees of the family Bignoniaceae. There are five species, which are distributed in the tropical regions of America. Crescentia is cultivated in the tropics of both hemispheres.

The calabash tree (C. cujete) is an evergreen tree with rounded or oval fruit up to 30 cm long. The hard, woody shells of the fruit (calabashes) are often used to manufacture cups, bottles, and other vessels decorated with carving. Rattles used as musical instruments are also made from the fruit. In some countries the rind and juice are used for medicinal purposes.