cucurbitaceous

cucurbitaceous

[kyoo-kur-bi-tey-shuhs]
adjective
belonging to the Cucurbitaceae, the gourd family of plants.
Compare gourd family.


Origin:
1850–55; < Neo-Latin Cucurbitace(ae) (see cucurbit, -aceae) + -ous

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cucurbit (kjuːˈkɜːbɪt)
 
n
any creeping flowering plant of the mainly tropical and subtropical family Cucurbitaceae, which includes the pumpkin, cucumber, squashes, and gourds
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin cucurbita gourd, cup]
 
cucurbi'taceous
 
adj

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