cucurbits

cucurbit

[kyoo-kur-bit]
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; Middle English cucurbite < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cucurbita; cf. gourd, courgette

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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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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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