Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or having the characters of the Cucurbitaceæ.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a family of plants of which the cucumber, melon, and gourd are common examples.
- adj. of or relating to plants of the family Cucurbitaceae
- From Latin cucurbita ("gourd"). (Wiktionary)
“As a general rule, cucurbitaceous plants prefer dry climates, and many are so riddled with disease in the humid tropics that production is impossible.”
“= -- These are of very varied morphological import; sometimes they are degenerated peduncles, as in passion-flowers, or vines; at other times they are of foliar origin; or, again, they may proceed from the segments of the perianth, as in _Hodgsonia_ and some other cucurbitaceous plants.”
“The omnipresent enemies of all the cucurbitaceous crops are the little cucumber beetle and the large black "stink bug.”
“It is useless to plant melons and other cucurbitaceous plants until settled weather has arrived.”
“Historie of Virginia, 1624, pease and beans as having been cultivated by the natives before the arrival of the whites, and there is no doubt, I believe, that several common cucurbitaceous plants are of American origin; but most, if not all the varieties of pease, beans, and other pod fruits now grown in American gardens, are from European and other foreign seed.”
“The cucurbitaceous plant with palmate leaves, bore a fruit of the size of a large orange, of a fine scarlet colour when ripe; its rind is exceedingly bitter, but the seeds are eaten by birds.”
“Several other very interesting cucurbitaceous fruits, and large reeds, were observed among the rubbish which had accumulated round the trees during the flood.”
“A pretty species of Commelyna, on the flats, a cucurbitaceous plant with quinquepalmate leaves and large white blossoms, grew along the river, the approaches of which were rendered almost inaccessible by a stiff high grass.”
“It is this air, at once hot and humid, that nourishes those vegetable reservoirs, the cucurbitaceous plants, the agaves and melocactuses half-buried in the sand.”
“Yield is so high that brinjal, tomato, green chilly, sesame, kawrola (bitter kitchen vegetable), jhingay (a cucurbitaceous vegetable) and such other vegetables are grown on a commercial basis in large tracts of land.”
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