Gherkin meaning

gûrkĭn
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A plant (Cucumis anguria) of the gourd family bearing small, prickly, cucumberlike fruit.
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The fruit of this plant, used for pickles.
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The immature fruit of the cucumber when pickled.
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A small cucumber, often pickled whole.
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(UK, informal) The building at 30 St Mary Axe, a distinctively-shaped skyscraper in London, England.
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Origin of gherkin

  • Dutch gurken pl. of gurk cucumber short for agurk possibly from Polish ogorek perhaps from Late Greek angourion

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

  • From earlier Dutch plural of gurk (="cucumber"), shortened form of East Frisian augurk

    From Wiktionary

  • Presumably after the shape of the building, which is like that of a gherkin.

    From Wiktionary