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pepo

[pee-poh]
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noun, plural pe·pos.
  1. the characteristic fruit of plants of the gourd family, having a fleshy, many-seeded interior and a hard or firm rind, as the gourd, melon, and cucumber.
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Origin of pepo

1700–10; < Latin pepō large melon, pumpkin < Greek pépōn, short for pépōn (síkyos) ripe (gourd)
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cantaloupe, gourd, papaya, watermelon, fruit, squash, musk, casaba, honeydew, nutmeg, vine, pepo

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British Dictionary definitions for pepo

pepo

noun plural -pos
  1. the fruit of any of various cucurbitaceous plants, such as the melon, squash, cucumber, and pumpkin, having a firm rind, fleshy watery pulp, and numerous seeds
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Word Origin for pepo

C19: from Latin: pumpkin, from Greek pepōn edible gourd, from peptein to ripen
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