- a large, edible, orange-yellow fruit borne by a coarse, decumbent vine, Cucurbita pepo, of the gourd family.
- the similar fruit of any of several related species, as C. maxima or C. moschata.
- a plant bearing such fruit.
Origin of pumpkin
Examples from the Web for pumpkin
Finally, Deborah Racicot of Narcissa prepares mouth-watering (and non-basic) pumpkin crepes with warm sage cinnamon en glaze.Thanksgiving Favorites, With a Twist
Sara Sayed, The Daily Beast Video
November 26, 2014
On Pumpkin Fest weekend, they did things a little differently.FinnaRage Wants You to Rage at Its Parties. So What if It Ends Up a Riot?
October 27, 2014
Riots broke out both after last year's pumpkin festival and after the Red Sox World Series win last year.Frat Culture Clashes With Riot Police at Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival
October 19, 2014
Tony Penna, the golf professional, tells of a bet by Titanic that he could throw a pumpkin over a three-story house.
The pumpkin, when he produced it, was the size of an orange—but still a pumpkin.
Prepare the pumpkin as directed in Art. 65 and add the milk to it.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Warm water that has had pumpkin boiled in it is very good for bread.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
When they had gone he went into the den and came back with the pumpkin.Weak on Square Roots
And his head ain't all mush and seeds like a pumpkin, if I'm any judge.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
Then she took her into her chamber, and said to her, “Run into the garden, and bring me a pumpkin.”
- any of several creeping cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Cucurbita, esp C. pepo of North America and C. maxima of Europe
- the large round fruit of any of these plants, which has a thick orange rind, pulpy flesh, and numerous seeds
- (as modifier)pumpkin pie
- (often capital) mainly US a term of endearment
Word Origin and History for pumpkin
1640s, alteration of pompone, pumpion "melon, pumpkin" (1540s), from Middle French pompon, from Latin peponem (nominative pepo) "melon," from Greek pepon "melon," probably originally "cooked (by the sun)," hence "ripe;" from peptein "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Pumpkin-pie is recorded from 1650s. Pumpkin-head, American English colloquial for "person with hair cut short all around" is recorded from 1781. Vulgar American English alternative spelling punkin attested by 1806.
America's a dandy place:
The people are all brothers:
And when one's got a punkin pye,
He shares it with the others.
[from "A Song for the Fourth of July, 1806," in "The Port Folio," Philadelphia, Aug. 30, 1806]