bur-gherkin

bur gherkin

noun
gherkin ( def 2 ).
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gherkin

[gur-kin]
noun
1.
the small, immature fruit of a variety of cucumber, used in pickling.
2.
Also called bur gherkin, gooseberry gourd, West Indian gherkin. the small, spiny fruit of a tropical vine, Cucumis anguria, of the gourd family, used in pickling.
3.
the plant yielding this fruit.
4.
a small pickle, especially one made from this fruit.

Origin:
1655–65; < Dutch gurken, plural of gurk (German Gurke) < Slavic; compare Polish ogórek, Czech okurkaPersian

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gherkin (ˈɡɜːkɪn)
 
n
1.  the immature fruit of any of various cucumbers, used for pickling
2.  a.  a tropical American cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Cucumis anguria
 b.  the small edible fruit of this plant
 
[C17: from early modern Dutch agurkkijn, diminutive of gurk, from Slavonic, ultimately from Greek angourion]

Gherkin (ˈɡɜːkɪn)
 
n , the
an informal name for Swiss Re Tower

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gherkin
1661, from Du. pl. of gurk "cucumber," shortened form of E.Fris. augurk "cucumber," probably from a Balto-Slavic source (cf. Polish ogórek "cucumber"), possibly ult. from Medieval Gk. angourion "a kind of cucumber," said to be from Pers. angarah. The -h- was added 1800s to preserve the hard "g"
pronunciation.
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