Classical Usage: Melville uses this word a couple of times. First, Queequeg describes a punchbowl made from a calabash. Interesting, since his island of Kokovoko is supposedly in the South Pacific. It seems we’ve discovered another Melville geographic discrepancy. Then later, Elijah mentions a story about Captain Ahab spitting in a silver calabash. According to my endnotes we’ll never learn the rest of that story, so who knows what Melville meant?
Classically Mad Usage: If I take our dear author’s lead it seems I can use this word in any way bowl-like way I want. And if anyone tries to correct me I’ll just take my defense next to Herman.