Cucumber definition

kyo͝okŭmbər
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The edible fruit of this plant, having a green rind and crisp white flesh.
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Any of several related or similar plants, such as the bur cucumber or the squirting cucumber.
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A tendril-bearing, climbing or sprawling annual plant (Cucumis sativus) widely cultivated for its edible cylindrical fruit that has a green rind and crisp white flesh.
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The fruit of this plant, harvested when immature and eaten fresh or pickled.
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A trailing annual vine (Cucumis sativus) of the gourd family, grown for its edible fruit.
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The long fruit, with a green rind and firm, white flesh, gathered before fully mature and used in salads or preserved as pickles.
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(botany) A vine in the gourd family, Cucumis sativus.
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cool as a cucumber
  • comfortably cool
  • calm and self-possessed
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cucumber
Plural:
cucumbers

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of cucumber

  • Middle English cucomer from Old French coucombre from Latin cucumis cucumer-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French cocombre (French concombre), from Latin cucumis, whose ablative singular is cucumere. Probably of Pre-Italic origin.

    From Wiktionary