cocomero

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Italian[edit]

CocomeriWatermelons

Etymology[edit]

With ending changed to -o due to analogy, from Latin cucumerem, accusative form of cucumis (cucumber).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /koˈko.me.ro/, [koˈkoːmer̺o]
  • (file)
  • Stress: cocómero
  • Hyphenation: co‧co‧me‧ro

Noun[edit]

cocomero m (plural cocomeri)

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  1. watermelon, specifically:
    1. (botany) The plant Citrullus lanatus.
    2. (by extension) The fruit of the plant.
    3. (figuratively) A foolish or unreliable man.
  2. (regional, northern Italy) cucumber
    • 1495, Pietro de' Crescenzi, “VIII. Delle dilettazioni degli orti, e dell'erbe [8. Of the delights of vegetable gardens and herbs]”, in Trattato di agricoltura - Volume due [Treatise about agriculture - Volume two][2] (in Italian), Naples: Printed by Felice Mosca, published 1724, Libro ottavo, page 104:
      E ancora creſceranno i cocomeri, o vero cedriuoli, maraviglioſamente, ſe porrai ſotto 'l cocomero, o sotto il cedriuolo, o ſotto la zucca un vaſello d'acqua ſcoperto, due palmi più baſſo.
      Cucumbers will also grow marvelously if you put, two palms below the cucumber, an open jar of water.
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