- gheorghiu-dej, gheorghe,
- ghetto blaster,
- ghetto fabulous,
Origin of gherkin
Examples from the Web for gherkin
What the devil's the use of "h" in gherkin, I'd like to know.Mark Twain's Speeches|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Tommy's father gave the Gherkin a lot of money to put in his pocket, but he wouldn't take it.
A pickled walnut chopped, or a gherkin or two, go admirably with mutton or pork chops.Culture and Cooking|Catherine Owen
Spread toast with horseradish butter, lay on strips of tunnyfish and garnish with slices of gherkin.Stevenson Memorial Cook Book|Various
A gherkin is always eaten with this, the chief food of India.Seven Legs Across the Seas|Samuel Murray
- a tropical American cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Cucumis anguria
- the small edible fruit of this plant
Word Origin for gherkin
small cucumber used for pickling, 1660s, from early modern Dutch gurken, augurken (late 16c.) "small pickled cucumber," from East Frisian augurk "cucumber," probably from a Balto-Slavic source (cf. Polish ogórek "cucumber"), possibly ultimately from Medieval Greek angourion "a kind of cucumber," said to be from Persian angarah [Klein, etc.], but OED seems to regard this as unlikely. A Dutch source says the Greek is from a word for "immature" and that the vegetable originated in northern India and came to Eastern Europe via the Byzantine Empire.
The Dutch suffix is perhaps the diminutive -kin, though some regard it as a plural affix, with the Dutch word mistaken for a singular in English. The -h- was added 1800s to preserve the hard "g" pronunciation.