Pumpkin meaning

pŭmpkĭn, pŭm-, pŭng-
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A large, round, orange-yellow, edible fruit with many seeds.
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A moderate to strong orange.
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The vine (Cucurbita pepo) of the gourd family on which it grows.
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(brit.) Any of several varieties of squash (Cucurbita moschata and C. maxima)
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The definition of a pumpkin is a round orange or white fruit filled with seeds that grows on a vine.

An example of a pumpkin is a big orange squash that is carved with a scary face for a Halloween decoration.

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(US) A term of endearment for someone small and cute.
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A domesticated plant, in species Cucurbita pepo, similar in growth pattern, foliage, flower, and fruit to the squash or melon.
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The round yellow or orange fruit of this plant.
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The color of the fruit of the pumpkin plant.

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(Australia) Any of a number of cultivars from the genus Cucurbita; known in the US as winter squash.
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Origin of pumpkin

  • Alteration (influenced by –kin) of obsolete pumpion from obsolete French pompon, popon from Old French pepon from Late Latin pepōn from Latin watermelon or gourd from Greek ripe, large melon pekw- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle French pompon, from Latin pepō, from Ancient Greek πέπων (pepōn, “large melon"), from πέπων (pepōn, “ripe"), from πέπτω (peptō, “ripen").

    From Wiktionary