American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chemical vessel originally shaped like a gourd, but sometimes shallow, with a wide mouth, used in distillation. It may be made of copper, glass, tin, or stoneware. With its head or cover it constitutes the alembic. See
- n. A gourd-shaped vessel for holding liquids. Oriental water-jars are often of this form, and porcelain and earthenware vases of China and Japan are frequently so shaped.
- n. A cupping-glass.
- n. A plant of the natural order Cucurbitaceæ.
- n. Any member of the Cucurbita genus of gourds.
- n. obsolete A receptacle, originally gourd-shaped and used for liquids or chemicals; a bottle or other container.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) 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.
- n. any plant of the family Cucurbitaceae
- From French cucurbite, from Latin cucurbita. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cucurbite, from Old French, from Latin cucurbita, gourd. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The Cobaea is surely helping out holding the increasing weight of the cucurbit, but wind and heavy rain seems threatening to the strenth of the green growing vines ability to hang on.”
“A composted pumpkin has sported a vine under the arbor and a growing cucurbit is showing promise for use in a fall vignette.”
“There is nothing like the unmistakeable aroma of rotting cucurbit.”
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“Trick or Treat: Pumpkin, Melon, Cucumber and Relatives" focuses on the uses and history of the cucurbit plant family.”
“Cucumbers The cucumber was domesticated in India around 1500 BCE, arrived in the Mediterranean region about a thousand years later, and is now the second most important cucurbit worldwide after the watermelon.”
“The squash or cucurbit family, the Cucurbitaceae, has made three broad contribu- tions to human pleasure and nutrition.”
““Tale of the Fisherman and the Jinni,” he uses incorrectly the pretty word “cucurbit” 474 to express a brass pot; and many other instances might be quoted.”
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