cucurbit

[kyoo-kur-bit]
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noun

a gourd.
any plant of the gourd family.
Chemistry. the gourd-shaped portion of an alembic, a vessel formerly used in distilling.

Nearby words

  1. cucumber,
  2. cucumber beetle,
  3. cucumber mosaic,
  4. cucumber root,
  5. cucumber tree,
  6. cucurbit wilt,
  7. cucurbitaceous,
  8. cud,
  9. cuda,
  10. cudahy

Origin of cucurbit

1350–1400; Middle English cucurbite < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cucurbita; cf. gourd, courgette

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British Dictionary definitions for cucurbit

cucurbit

noun

any creeping flowering plant of the mainly tropical and subtropical family Cucurbitaceae, which includes the pumpkin, cucumber, squashes, and gourds
Derived Formscucurbitaceous, adjective

Word Origin for cucurbit

C14: from Old French, from Latin cucurbita gourd, cup

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