from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a natural family of plants including the cucumber; melon; squash; and pumpkin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a family of herbaceous vines (such as cucumber or melon or squash or pumpkin)
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Leaving aside the invidious choices to be made between hesperidia, cucurbitaceae, and drupes — I am a drupe man — and, thence, between apricots, nectarines, mangoes, plums, and peaches, I find there is simply no adequate counter-argument.
Other seeds used commonly in moles and pipians are those of the pumpkin or squash (cucurbitaceae.)
The plant to which I at present refer is one of the cucurbitaceae, which bears a small, scarlet-colored, eatable cucumber.
The word cucumis used in the original of this passage embraces many of the cucurbitaceae, but the context shows that here means the cucumber.
In our climates only the cucurbitaceae produce in the space of a few months fruits of an extraordinary size; but these fruits are pulpy and succulent.
These vegetables, which are considered one of the healthiest, belong to the cucurbitaceae family.
[* After these three great families follow the papaveraceae, the chicoraceae, the lobeliaceae, the campanulaceae, the sapoteae, and the cucurbitaceae.
* (* After these three great families follow the papaveraceae, the chicoraceae, the lobeliaceae, the campanulaceae, the sapoteae, and the cucurbitaceae.