[ kyoo-kur-bit ]
/ kyuˈkɜr bɪt /


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

Origin of cucurbit

1350–1400; Middle English cucurbite < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cucurbita; cf. gourd, courgette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cucurbit


/ (kjuːˈkɜːbɪt) /


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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