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cucurbit

[ kyoo-kur-bit ]
/ kyuˈkɜr bɪt /
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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.
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Origin of cucurbit

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English cucurbite, from Anglo-French, Old French, from Latin cucurbita “gourd, cupping glass”; cf. gourd, courgette
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British Dictionary definitions for cucurbit

cucurbit
/ (kjuːˈkɜːbɪt) /

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

Derived forms of cucurbit

cucurbitaceous, adjective

Word Origin for cucurbit

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