pumpkin

[ puhmp-kin, puhng-kin ]
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noun
  1. a large, edible, orange-yellow fruit borne by a coarse, decumbent vine, Cucurbita pepo, of the gourd family.

  2. the similar fruit of any of several related species, as C. maxima or C. moschata.

  1. a plant bearing such fruit.

Origin of pumpkin

1
1640–50; alteration of pumpion (see -kin), variant of pompon<Middle French, nasalized variant of popon melon, earlier pepon<Latin pepōn- (stem of pepō) <Greek pépōn kind of melon

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British Dictionary definitions for pumpkin

pumpkin

/ (ˈpʌmpkɪn) /


noun
  1. any of several creeping cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Cucurbita, esp C. pepo of North America and C. maxima of Europe

    • the large round fruit of any of these plants, which has a thick orange rind, pulpy flesh, and numerous seeds

    • (as modifier): pumpkin pie

  1. (often capital) mainly US a term of endearment

Origin of pumpkin

1
C17: from earlier pumpion, from Old French pompon, from Latin pepo, from Greek pepōn, from pepōn ripe, from peptein to ripen

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