cucurbit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French cucurbite, from Latin cucurbita.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kjuːˈkɜːbɪt/

Noun[edit]

cucurbit (plural cucurbits)

  1. Any member of the Cucurbita genus of gourds.
  2. (obsolete) A receptacle, originally gourd-shaped and used for liquids or chemicals; a bottle or other container.
    • 1885, When Sulayman saw me, he took refuge with Allah and bade me embrace the True Faith and obey his behests; but I refused, so sending for this cucurbit he shut me up therein, and stopped it over with lead — Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, vol. 1