- a creeping plant, Cucumis sativus, of the gourd family, occurring in many cultivated forms.
- the edible, fleshy fruit of this plant, of a cylindrical shape with rounded ends and having a green, warty skin.
- any of various allied or similar plants.
- the fruit of any such plant.
Origin of cucumber
Examples from the Web for cucumber
Try explaining what a cucumber tastes like to a 19th century Inuit.Eben Alexander Has a GPS for Heaven
October 8, 2014
Together, we decide that the drink should be called a Cucumber Superlative.The Absinthe-Minded Porteños of Buenos Aires
March 10, 2014
“That scallop dish is just a raw scallop with a grilled cucumber and cucumber vinaigrette,” said McGarry.Meet Flynn McGarry: America’s Next Great Chef Is 14 Years Old
May 23, 2013
Basil, cucumber, mangoes, the cooing of turtledoves on torrid afternoons, the screech of buses coming to a sudden halt.André Aciman: How I Write
November 28, 2012
One is to put Jason Bateman and Will Arnett in a bathtub together, with fluffy white facial masks and cucumber eye coolers.In ‘Mansome,’ Morgan Spurlock Takes On Modern Masculinity
April 27, 2012
The cucumber should be boiled for five minutes before it is fried.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
However, it is not him, for there he is, looking as cool as a cucumber.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
So I felt like a cucumber pickle but now I don't mind it at all.Mary Rose of Mifflin
Frances R. Sterrett
Although the Sioux chiefs were told of the danger, they were "as cool about it as a cucumber."Three Years on the Plains
Edmund B. Tuttle
The next moment, a cucumber caught Silvey squarely in the eye.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
- a creeping cucurbitaceous plant, Cucumis sativus, cultivated in many forms for its edible fruitCompare squirting cucumber
- the cylindrical fruit of this plant, which has hard thin green rind and white crisp flesh
- any of various similar or related plants or their fruits
- cool as a cucumber very calm; self-possessed
Word Origin and History for cucumber
late 14c., from Old French cocombre (13c., Modern French concombre), from Latin cucumerem (nominative cucumis), perhaps from a pre-Italic Mediterranean language. The Latin word also is the source of Italian cocomero, Spanish cohombro, Portuguese cogombro. Replaced Old English eorþæppla (plural), literally "earth-apples."
Cowcumber was common form 17c.-18c., and that pronunciation lingered into 19c. Planted as a garden vegetable by 1609 by Jamestown colonists. Phrase cool as a cucumber (c.1732) embodies ancient folk knowledge confirmed by science in 1970: inside of a field cucumber on a warm day is 20 degrees cooler than the air temperature.
Idioms and Phrases with cucumber
see cool as a cucumber.