Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, natural order Cucurbitaceæ. There are about a dozen species, annuals or perennials, inhabiting the warmer regions of the world. They are creeping herbs, with lobed and cordate leaves, large yellow flowers, and fleshy, generally very large, fruits. Nearly all the perennial species are natives of Mexico and the adjacent regions on the north, and have usually large tuberous or fusiform roots. The three annual species originated probably in southern Asia, have long been in cultivation, and have developed many very different forms. It is nearly certain that these species were also extensively cultivated in America long before its discovery by Columbus. C. Pepo and its varieties yield the pumpkin, the warty, long-neck, and crookneck squashes and vegetable marrow, and the egg- or orange-gourd. C. Maxima yields the various varieties of winter squash, often of great size, the turban-squash, etc. C. moschata is the source of the musky, China, or Barbary squash.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the type genus of the
- n. type genus of the Cucurbitaceae
- From Latin cucurbita ("gourd") (Wiktionary)
“Summer squash" is what we call the Cucurbita pepo varieties we eat while they are young and tender.”
“Libby's says demand has been growing for the nutritious "Cucurbita," or pumpkin family squash.”
“= Cucurbita pepo = pumpkin (used for Halloween pumpkins)”
“All varieties of pumpkin, whatever their size and shape, belong to the Cucurbita genus.”
“The seeds of coyote gourds (Cucurbita spp.) may be dispersed in this manner.”
“= Cucurbita pepo = pumpkin used for Halloween pumpkins”
“Pumpkin Seeds Pumpkin seeds come from the fruits of the New World native Cucurbita pepo, are notable for being deep green with chlorophyll, and for containing no starch, as much as 50% oil, and 35% protein.”
“Fruits of Cucurbita maxima, the Hubbard and other winter squashes, can reach 300 lb/135 kg, and are the largest fruits of any plant.”
“One of the simplest treatments to help maintain prostate health is to eat a few tablespoons of pumpkin seeds Cucurbita pepo each day.”
“These should not be confused with those of the pumpkin (Cucurbita spp.) which are widely cooked as a vegetable.”
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