Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A round, often large squash with coarse, strongly flavored yellow to orange flesh, numerous seeds, and a moderately hard, usually orange rind.
  • noun Any of several plants producing these fruits, especially varieties of the species Cucurbita pepo, and also varieties of C. maxima and C. moschata.
  • noun A moderate to strong orange.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The fruit of a variety of Cucurbita Pepo; also, the plant which produces it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A well-known trailing plant (Cucurbita pepo) and its fruit, -- used for cooking and for feeding stock; a pompion.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The common pondfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A domesticated plant, Cucurbita pepo, similar in growth pattern, foliage, flower, and fruit to the squash or melon.
  • noun The round yellow or orange fruit of this plant.
  • noun The color of the fruit of the pumpkin plant.
  • noun Australia Any of a number of cultivars from the genus Cucurbita; known in the US as winter squash.
  • noun US A term of endearment for someone small and cute.

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

  • noun usually large pulpy deep-yellow round fruit of the squash family maturing in late summer or early autumn
  • noun a coarse vine widely cultivated for its large pulpy round orange fruit with firm orange skin and numerous seeds; subspecies of Cucurbita pepo include the summer squashes and a few autumn squashes

Etymologies

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

[Alteration (influenced by –kin) of obsolete pumpion, from obsolete French pompon, popon, from Old French pepon, from Late Latin pepōn, from Latin, watermelon or gourd, from Greek, ripe, large melon; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French pompon, from Latin pepō, from Ancient Greek πέπων (pepōn, "large melon"), from πέπων (pepōn, "ripe"), from πέπτω (peptō, "ripen").

Examples

Comments

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  • Carve one up to your own standards here

    Happy Halloween!

    October 20, 2007

  • Ah, pumpkin. I had that nickname as a child. It was pronounced PUMP! kin.

    *waiting to see if Seanahan will add PUMP!kin* ;)

    October 20, 2007

  • I allus liked the pronunciation pukkin!

    October 21, 2007

  • What you should be waiting to see, Jennarenn, is whether or not your shirt is stabby proof.

    October 21, 2007

  • Umm... I do hope you're joking...?

    I really like the word "stabby," but it's kind of creepy to read comments about stabbing people. Maybe it's coming off in a less amusing way than you intended...?

    October 21, 2007

  • I like pukkin. :) I think we all understand that you were joking, but I much prefer when stabby is directed at the words themselves.

    October 21, 2007

  • I figured it would be disturbing if I said "stab proof", since I'm pretty sure that "stabby proof" has no semantic meaning, but I should make it clear my feelings were directed at PUMP! kin.

    October 21, 2007

  • Ahh. That explains it. Thanks for clarifying, seanahan!

    I'm not sure I like pukkin at all. I do, however, like punkin.

    October 22, 2007

  • Jeez, first we're talking about throwing a Wordie off Wordie, then stabbing another? Yeah, we should stick to talking about pumpkins.

    October 22, 2007

  • pumpkin: another term for incest

    December 9, 2007