- any plant of the gourd family
Origin of cucurbitFr cucurbite < L cucurbita: so called in allusion to its shape a large, gourd-shaped flask with a wide mouth, formerly used in distillation
Origin of cucurbitClassical Latin cucurbita
- Any of various mostly climbing or trailing plants of the family Cucurbitaceae, which includes the squash, pumpkin, cucumber, gourd, watermelon, and cantaloupe.
- A gourd-shaped flask forming the body of an alembic, formerly used in distillation.
Origin of cucurbitMiddle English cucurbite, from Old French, from Latin cucurbita, gourd.