- the characteristic fruit of plants of the gourd family, having a fleshy, many-seeded interior and a hard or firm rind, as the gourd, melon, and cucumber.
Origin of pepo
1700–10; < Latin pepō large melon, pumpkin < Greek pépōn, short for pépōn (síkyos) ripe (gourd)
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Examples from the Web for pepo
The fruit of the papaw resembles the pepo, but the calyx is not superior.
Among the first was that of Bologna, where Pepo began to expound the law in 1075.Cathedral Cities of Italy
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The three carpels forming the pepo are separated by partitions.
M. Naudin considers these forms as undoubtedly varieties of Cucurbita pepo.
The fruit is a fleshy many-seeded berry with a tough rind (known as a pepo), and often attains considerable size.
- the fruit of any of various cucurbitaceous plants, such as the melon, squash, cucumber, and pumpkin, having a firm rind, fleshy watery pulp, and numerous seeds
C19: from Latin: pumpkin, from Greek pepōn edible gourd, from peptein to ripen
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