Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from The 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.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

American Spanish, from Spanish, cucumber, from Latin pepō, melon; see pepo.

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  • pepino: Spanish for cucumber.

    December 10, 2006