[puhmp-kin or, commonly, puhng-kin]
a large, edible, orange-yellow fruit borne by a coarse, decumbent vine, Cucurbita pepo, of the gourd family.
the similar fruit of any of several related species, as C. maxima or C. moschata.
a plant bearing such fruit.

1640–50; alteration of pumpion (see -kin), variant of pompon < Middle French, nasalized variant of popon melon, earlier pepon < Latin pepōn- (stem of pepō) < Greek pépōn kind of melon

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pumpkin (ˈpʌmpkɪn)
1.  any of several creeping cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Cucurbita, esp C. pepo of North America and C. maxima of Europe
2.  a.  the large round fruit of any of these plants, which has a thick orange rind, pulpy flesh, and numerous seeds
 b.  (as modifier): pumpkin pie
3.  chiefly (US) (often capital) a term of endearment
[C17: from earlier pumpion, from Old French pompon, from Latin pepo, from Greek pepōn, from pepōn ripe, from peptein to ripen]

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Word Origin & History

1647, alteration of pumpion "melon, pumpkin" (1545), from M.Fr. pompon, from L. peponem (nom. pepo) "melon," from Gk. pepon "melon," probably originally "cooked by the sun, ripe," from peptein "to cook." Pumpkin-pie is recorded from 1654. Pumpkin-head, Amer.Eng. colloquial for "person with hair cut short
all around" is recorded from 1781.
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Computing Dictionary

pumpkin definition

A humourous term for the token - the object (notional or real) that gives its possessor (the "pumpking" or the "pumpkineer") exclusive access to something, e.g. applying patches to a master copy of source (for which the pumpkin is called a "patch pumpkin").
Chip Salzenberg wrote:
David Croy once told me once that at a previous job, there was one tape drive and multiple systems that used it for backups. But instead of some high-tech exclusion software, they used a low-tech method to prevent multiple simultaneous backups: a stuffed pumpkin. No one was allowed to make backups unless they had the "backup pumpkin".

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Example sentences
Using a vegetable peeler or paring knife, peel pumpkin or squash.
It also means that there is a lot of pumpkin around for cooking.
Autumnal trips to pumpkin patches have been cancelled.
Grab your carving tools and visit one of these fall pumpkin festivals, a fun
  way to celebrate the season.
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