[ kyoo-kuhm-ber ]
/ ˈkyu kʌm bər /


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

1350–1400; Middle English cucumbre < Anglo-French, Old French co(u)combre < Latin cucumer-, stem of cucumis; replacing Middle English, Old English cucumer < Latin, as above Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cucumber


/ (ˈkjuːˌkʌmbə) /


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 for cucumber

C14: from Latin cucumis, of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with cucumber


see cool as a cucumber.

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