Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various mostly climbing or trailing plants of the family Cucurbitaceae, which includes the squash, pumpkin, cucumber, gourd, watermelon, and cantaloupe.
  • n. A gourd-shaped flask forming the body of an alembic, formerly used in distillation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any member of the Cucurbita genus of gourds.
  • n. A receptacle, originally gourd-shaped and used for liquids or chemicals; a bottle or other container.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vessel or flask for distillation, used with, or forming part of, an alembic; a matrass; -- originally in the shape of a gourd, with a wide mouth. See alembic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chemical vessel originally shaped like a gourd, but sometimes shallow, with a wide mouth, used in distillation.
  • n. A gourd-shaped vessel for holding liquids.
  • n. A cupping-glass.
  • n. A plant of the natural order Cucurbitaceæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any plant of the family Cucurbitaceae

Etymologies

Middle English cucurbite, from Old French, from Latin cucurbita, gourd.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cucurbite, from Latin cucurbita. (Wiktionary)

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    July 14, 2008

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    July 14, 2008

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    July 14, 2008

  • How do you launch a cucumber into space, thereby penetrating the thick layer of mayonnaise that surrounds the Earth?

    July 14, 2008

  • alternatively:
    1. the trajectory of a cucumber which has been launched into space.
    2. a specialized harnessing device used by those with a tendency to engage in lachanolagnosis-related activities, particularly those requiring the restraint of gourds.

    July 13, 2008