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"seeds of pumpkin"

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  • punkin (US, term of endearment)


From Middle French pompon, from Latin pepō, from Ancient Greek πέπων(pépōn, large melon), from πέπων(pépōn, ripe), from πέπτω(péptō, ripen). Suffixed with the now obsolete -kin.


  • enPR: pŭmpʹkin, IPA(key): /ˈpʌmpkɪn/
  • Hyphenation: pump‧kin
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pumpkin (plural pumpkins)

  1. A domesticated plant, in species Cucurbita pepo, similar in growth pattern, foliage, flower, and fruit to the squash or melon.
  2. The round yellow or orange fruit of this plant.
    • 1904, L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz[1]:
      There were pumpkins in Mombi’s corn-fields, lying golden red among the rows of green stalks; and these had been planted and carefully tended that the four-horned cow might eat of them in the winter time.
  3. (uncountable) The color of the fruit of the pumpkin plant.
    pumpkin colour:    
  4. (Australia) Any of a number of cultivars from the genus Cucurbita; known in the US as winter squash.
  5. (US) A term of endearment for someone small and cute.

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