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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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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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