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

1350–1400; Middle English cucurbite < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cucurbita; cf. gourd, courgette
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Examples from the Web for cucurbit

Historical Examples of cucurbit

  • They heaped them together in the cucurbit, with the alcohol, lighted the fire, and waited.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet

    Gustave Flaubert

  • Cucurbit, kū′kur-bit, n. a chemical vessel used in distillation, originally shaped like a gourd.

  • This apparatus consists of a cucurbit and capital of tinned copper or brass, Pl.

    Elements of Chemistry,

    Antoine Lavoisier

  • Matrass, mat′ras, n. a chemical vessel with a tapering neck, a cucurbit.

  • Then lute your cucurbit again, and encrease the fire so as to cause the Spirit to rise fast over the helm.

    The Toilet of Flora

    Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz

British Dictionary definitions for cucurbit


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

Word Origin for cucurbit

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