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cucurbit

[kyoo-kur-bit] /kyuˈkɜr bɪt/
noun
1.
a gourd.
2.
any plant of the gourd family.
3.
Chemistry. the gourd-shaped portion of an alembic, a vessel formerly used in distilling.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English cucurbite < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cucurbita; cf. gourd, courgette
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British Dictionary definitions for cucurbits

cucurbit

/kjuːˈkɜːbɪt/
noun
1.
any creeping flowering plant of the mainly tropical and subtropical family Cucurbitaceae, which includes the pumpkin, cucumber, squashes, and gourds
Derived Forms
cucurbitaceous, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin cucurbita gourd, cup
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Encyclopedia Article for cucurbits

the gourd family of flowering plants, belonging to the order Cucurbitales and containing 118 genera and 845 species of food and ornamental plants. It includes the gourds, melons, squashes, and pumpkins.

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