from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tendril-bearing, climbing or sprawling annual plant (Cucumis sativus) widely cultivated for its edible cylindrical fruit that has a green rind and crisp white flesh.
- n. The fruit of this plant, eaten fresh or pickled.
- n. Any of several related or similar plants, such as the bur cucumber or the squirting cucumber.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A vine in the gourd family, Cucumis sativus.
- n. The edible fruit of this plant, having a green rind and crisp white flesh.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A creeping plant, and its fruit, of several species of the genus Cucumis, esp. Cucumis sativus, the unripe fruit of which is eaten either fresh or picked. Also, similar plants or fruits of several other genera. See below.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common running garden-plant, Cucumis sativus.
- n. The long, fleshy fruit of this plant, eaten as a cooling salad when green, and also used for pickling. (See gherkin). The stem-end is usually very bitter, as is the whole fruit in some uncultivated varieties.
- n. A common name of various plants of other genera.
- n. In California, the big-root or man root Micrampelis fabacea, and doubtless other species. Parsons and Buck, Wild Flowers of California.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. cylindrical green fruit with thin green rind and white flesh eaten as a vegetable; related to melons
- n. a melon vine of the genus Cucumis; cultivated from earliest times for its cylindrical green fruit
Middle English cucomer, from Old French coucombre, from Latin cucumis, cucumer-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cucumis, whose ablative singular is cucumere. Probably of Pre-Italic origin. (Wiktionary)