cucumber

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cucumbers

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English cucumber, from Old French cocombre, ultimately from Latin cucumis, cucumerem (possibly through an Old Occitan intermediate). Probably of Pre-Italic substrate origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkjuːˌkʌmbəɹ/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkjuːˌkʌmbə/
  • (obsolete) IPA(key): /ˈkaʊˌkʌmbəɹ/
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Noun[edit]

cucumber (plural cucumbers)

  1. A vine in the gourd family, Cucumis sativus.
    • 1767, A Lady [Hannah Glasse], The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Eaſy [] [1], page 326:
      ASPARAGUS, cauliflowers, imperial Sileſia, royal and cabbage lettuces, burnet, purſlain, cucumbers, naſturtian flowers, peaſe and beans ſown in October, artichokes, ſcarlet ſtrawberries, and kidney beans.
  2. The edible fruit of this plant, having a green rind and crisp white flesh.

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