Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Cucurbitaceae — the cucumbers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of plants including the cucumber, melon, and same kinds of gourds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants, natural order Cucurbitaceæ, containing about 25 species, natives of warm regions.

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

  • n. cucumbers; muskmelons

Etymologies

From Latin cucumis ("cucumber"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is, however, another species, called the Cucumis prophetarum, from the idea that it afforded the gourd which "the sons of the prophets" shred by mistake into their pottage.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Ultraviolet induced photodegradation of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) microsomal and soluble protein tryptophanyl residues in vitro.

    Effects of ultraviolet-B on forest vegetation in the Arctic

  • Melón: cantaloupe (Cucumis melo) Another European import, this member of the cucurbitae family, which includes squash and cucumber, is an important commercial fruit crop in Mexico, where it is used in fruit salads, aguas and licuados.

    Exotic summer refreshment: a guide to Mexico's tropical fruit

  • The creeping tsamma melons (Citrullus lanatus), gemsbok cucumbers (Acanthosicyos naudinianus), and wild cucumbers (Cucumis africanus) are important sources of water and food for both humans and animals.

    Kalahari xeric savanna

  • But the most surprising plant of the Desert is the “Kengwe or Keme” (‘Cucumis caffer’), the watermelon.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • Except for the watermelon, melons are fruits of Cucumis melo, a close relative of the cucumber C. sativus and a native of the semiarid subtropics of Asia.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The horned melon, also called jelly melon and kiwano, is the fruit of Cucumis metuliferus, a native of Africa with a spiky yellow skin and a relatively scant amount of emerald-green, translucent gel surrounding its seeds.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Remarks: The fruits of several Cucumis species are used as food.

    Chapter 7

  • Another member worth mentioning in this genus is Cucumis metuliferus Naud.

    Chapter 7

  • This fruit has the taste of a cucumber (Cucumis sativus).

    Chapter 7

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