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- n. The act of turning into a pumpkin; usually in jocular opposition to deification.
A calque of the Greek Ἀποκολοκύντωσις via the Latin Apocolocyntosis or Apokolokyntosis. From the title of the work Apocolocyntosis (divi) Claudii, a satire on the deification of Claudius. (Wiktionary)
There is extant among the works of Seneca a little treatise called Apocolocuntosis, that is, pumpkinification, or the metamorphosis into a gourd, a sharp satire levelled against the apotheosis of the Emperor Claudius.