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  1. (noun, plant) a melon vine of the genus Cucumis; cultivated from earliest times for its cylindrical green fruit
  2. (noun, food) cylindrical green fruit with thin green rind and white flesh eaten as a vegetable; related to melons

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Synonyms of Cucumber

cucumber vine, cucumis sativus, cuke

Alternate forms of Cucumber

Hyponyms: gherkin

Hypernyms: melon, melon vine, veg, vegetable, veggie

Origin of the word Cucumber

  1. late 14c., from O.Fr. cocombre, from L. cucumis (acc. cucumerem), perhaps from a pre-Italic Mediterranean language. Replaced O.E. eor??ppla (pl.), lit. "earth-apples." Cowcumber was common form 17c.-18c., and that pronunciation lingered into 19c. Planted as a garden vegetable by 1609 by Jamestown colonists. Phrase cool as a cucumber (c.… more

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