Definition of Pumpkin

1. Noun. A coarse vine widely cultivated for its large pulpy round orange fruit with firm orange skin and numerous seeds; subspecies of Cucurbita pepo include the summer squashes and a few autumn squashes.

Exact synonyms: Autumn Pumpkin, Cucurbita Pepo, Pumpkin Vine
Terms within: Pumpkin Seed
Group relationships: Cucurbita, Genus Cucurbita
Generic synonyms: Squash, Squash Vine

2. Noun. Usually large pulpy deep-yellow round fruit of the squash family maturing in late summer or early autumn.
Generic synonyms: Veg, Vegetable, Veggie
Group relationships: Autumn Pumpkin, Cucurbita Pepo, Pumpkin Vine

Definition of Pumpkin

1. n. A well-known trailing plant (Cucurbita pepo) and its fruit, -- used for cooking and for feeding stock; a pompion.

Definition of Pumpkin

1. Noun. A domesticated plant, ''Cucurbita pepo'' similar in growth pattern, foliage, flower, and fruit to the squash or melon. ¹

2. Noun. The round yellow or orange fruit of this plant. ¹

3. Noun. The color of the fruit of the pumpkin plant. ¹

4. Noun. (Australia) Any of a number of cultivars from the genus ''Cucurbita''; ''known in the US as winter squash''. ¹

5. Noun. (American English) A term of endearment for someone small and cute. ¹

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Definition of Pumpkin

1. a large, edible fruit [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pumpkin

pumping iron
pumping lemma
pumping lemmas
pumping lemmata
pumping station
pumping up
pumpkin (current term)
pumpkin ash
pumpkin head
pumpkin pie
pumpkin pies
pumpkin seed
pumpkin vine

Literary usage of Pumpkin

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1897)
"But he did the dwarf injustice, for when he reached the foot of the hill the little man was awaiting him, perched upon his pumpkin, and smiling benevolently ..."

2. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge edited by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"There is much doubt as to the native country of the pumpkin, it being claimed for the Levant and for Astrakhan, while Dr. Gray ("American Journal of Science ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1859)
"Taenia cured with pumpkin-Seeds.—Dr. HUNT exhibited a large portion of a ... Dr. Hunt determined to try the pumpkin-seeds, and at first administered them in ..."

4. The Apples of New York by Spencer Ambrose Beach, Nathaniel Ogden Booth, Orrin Morehouse Taylor (1905)
"In 1849 Cole (5) described it under the name pumpkin Sweet giving pumpkin Russet as a ... In 1845 it was described by Downing (3) under the name pumpkin ..."

5. The Improved Housewife: Or Book of Receipts, with Engravings for Marketing by A. L. Webster (1855)
"Halve, seed, rinse, slice into small strips, and stew the pumpkin over a gentle fire, ... After stewed soft, pour off the water, and steam the pumpkin about ..."

6. Cyclopedia of American Agriculture: A Popular Survey of Agricultural by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1907)
"Varieties of pumpkin and squash are grown for stock-feeding. The Mammoth Chili is one of the Fig. 763. Staminale bu.,-er and leaf of common field pumpkin ..."

7. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents: Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"What insects do you find visiting the pumpkin flowers? 10. ... Describe the stems of the pumpkin vine; how are they strengthened and protected? ..."

8. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1910)
"CHEMICAL EXAMINATION OF pumpkin SEED. BY FREDERICK B. POWER AND ARTHUR H. ... No complete chemical examination has hitherto been made of pumpkin seeds, ..."

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