American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A spiny Andean shrub (Solanum muricatum) having bright blue flowers and ovoid, violet-purple fruits with edible, yellow, aromatic, acid flesh.
- n. The fruit of this plant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Spain and in countries settled by the Spanish, the cucumber, Cucumis sativus.
- n. In Peru and Central America, a cultivated plant, Solanum muricatum, which bears fruit resembling a melon or a papaw, used extensively in Peru as a vegetable but rather insipid and inferior to a melon in flavor.
- American Spanish, from Spanish, cucumber, from Latin pepō, melon; see pepo. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“E. coli Outbreak Spreads Tobias Schwarz/Reuters Confirmation that Spanish cucumbers are not to blame for the outbreak has led to rising public support in Spain for the country's farmers in what has been dubbed the "pepino crisis.”
“Several TV stations have launched special programming to promote the maligned vegetable, including the La Sexta network, which is running a series of events and promotions it calls the "pepino revolution".”
“The purple-striped ‘melumber’ – officially known as the pepino – tastes like a cross between a melon and a cucumber.”
“The vodka-based mango ginger martini is a bit sweet, the spicy pepino margarita not spicy enough.”
“As usual, several women and children came on the bus to sell things – pepino cucumber was a big one, pork meals, and chicken meals were also common.”
“(Passiflora sp.) that are superior to most commonly known cultivars; pepino”
“First came the appetizers in form of thin slices of salami and of a peculiar Mexican sausage, so extremely hot with chili pepino as to immediately call for a drink of claret to assuage the burning.”
“By the natives the pepino is, and not altogether unreasonably, believed to be injurious.”
“These dishes may be accompanied by classic cocktails or original creations such as u'love, the lychee martini or the pepino colada.”
“Another fruit, which is about the size of a softball, is green with brown stripes, tastes like honeydew and has the same name as a cucumber ¨pepino¨.”
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