Definition of Cucumber

1. Noun. A melon vine of the genus Cucumis; cultivated from earliest times for its cylindrical green fruit.

Exact synonyms: Cucumber Vine, Cucumis Sativus
Terms within: Cuke
Generic synonyms: Melon, Melon Vine
Group relationships: Cucumis, Genus Cucumis

2. Noun. Cylindrical green fruit with thin green rind and white flesh eaten as a vegetable; related to melons.
Exact synonyms: Cuke
Generic synonyms: Veg, Vegetable, Veggie
Specialized synonyms: Gherkin
Group relationships: Cucumber Vine, Cucumis Sativus

Definition of Cucumber

1. n. A creeping plant, and its fruit, of several species of the genus Cucumis, esp. Cucumis sativus, the unripe fruit of which is eaten either fresh or picked. Also, similar plants or fruits of several other genera. See below.

Definition of Cucumber

1. Noun. (botany) A vine in the gourd family, ''Cucumis sativus''. ¹

2. Noun. The edible fruit of this plant, having a green rind and crisp white flesh. ¹

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Definition of Cucumber

1. a garden vegetable [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cucumber

cuculiform bird
cucumber (current term)
cucumber fish
cucumber mosaic virus satellite
cucumber tree
cucumber vine

Literary usage of Cucumber

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1. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1916)
"The first contract was in the form of an order and acceptance for 300 pounds 'of 'Chicago Pickle' cucumber seed at the price of 70 cents per pound for ..."

2. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1900)
"Three prominent varieties of English or Forcing cucumber. S, Sinn House ; E, Duke of Edinburgh; T, Telegraph. In the same way, and protected for a time by a ..."

3. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1914)
"cucumber. Plate XXXI. The common cucumbers are derived from an Asian species, ... The snake, or serpent cucumber is more properly a muskmelon, and should be ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1916)
"UNIVERSITY OF MAINE WALLACE CRAIG IS cucumber MOSAIC CARRIED BY SEED? IN 1915 cucumber mosaic caused a rather serious loss on one of the farms where cold ..."

5. Fungous Diseases of Plants: With Chapters on Physiology, Culture Methods and by Benjamin Minge Duggar (1909)
"It has been definitely ascertained that the Plasmopara is the chief cause of the poor crops which have prevailed in the cucumber districts of New York and a ..."

6. The Natural History of Pliny by Pliny, John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley (1856)
"From this cucumber the medicament known as " elaterium" is prepared, ... Tho wild cucumber of Pliny, as Fee observes, is in reality not a cucumber, ..."

7. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1859)
"The cucumber is thus a sort of gourd represented in its real type, better perhaps, ... All the numerous cultivated varieties of the melon and cucumber are ..."

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