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- A vine in the gourd family, Cucumis sativus.
- The edible fruit of this plant, having a green rind and crisp white flesh
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Cu"cum*ber (k?`k?m-b?r, formerly kou"k?m-b?r),
n.[OE. cucumer, cocumber,
cucumber, fr. L. cucmis, gen. cucumeris; cf.
OF. cocombre,F. concombre.] (Bot.) A
creeping plant, and its fruit, of several species of the genus
Cucumis, esp. Cucumis sativus, the unripe fruit of
which is eaten either fresh or picked. Also, similar plants or
fruits of several other genera. See below.
Bitter cucumber (Bot.), the
Citrullus or Cucumis Colocynthis. See
Colocynth. -- Cucumber beetle.
(Zoöl.) (a) A small, black flea-
beetle (Crepidodera cucumeris), which destroys the leaves
of cucumber, squash, and melon vines. (b)
The squash beetle. -- Cucumber tree.
(a) A large ornamental or shade tree of the
genus Magnolia (M. acuminata), so called from a
slight resemblance of its young fruit to a small cucumber.
(b) An East Indian plant (Averrhoa
Bilimbi) which produces the fruit known as bilimbi. --
Jamaica cucumber, Jerusalem
cucumber, the prickly-fruited gherkin (Cucumis
Anguria). -- Snake cucumber, a
species (Cucumis flexuosus) remarkable for its long,
curiously-shaped fruit. -- Squirting
cucumber, a plant (Ecbalium Elaterium) whose
small oval fruit separates from the footstalk when ripe and
expels its seeds and juice with considerable force through the
opening thus made. See Elaterium. -- Star
cucumber, a climbing weed (Sicyos angulatus)
with prickly fruit.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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