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1. Any of various mostly climbing or trailing plants of the family Cucurbitaceae, which includes the squash, pumpkin, cucumber, gourd, watermelon, and cantaloupe.
2. A gourd-shaped flask forming the body of an alembic, formerly used in distillation.

[Middle English cucurbite, from Old French, from Latin cucurbita, gourd.]


(Plants) any creeping flowering plant of the mainly tropical and subtropical family Cucurbitaceae, which includes the pumpkin, cucumber, squashes, and gourds
[C14: from Old French, from Latin cucurbita gourd, cup]
cuˌcurbiˈtaceous adj


(kyuˈkɜr bɪt)

1. a gourd.
2. any plant of the gourd family.
3. the gourd-shaped portion of an alembic.
[1350–1400; Middle English cucurbite < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cucurbita; compare gourd, courgette]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cucurbit - any plant of the family Cucurbitaceae
Cucurbitaceae, family Cucurbitaceae, gourd family - a family of herbaceous vines (such as cucumber or melon or squash or pumpkin)
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More than 25 viruses belonging to genera Cucumo, Como, Tobamo, Poty and Ilarvirus are known to infect cucurbits world wide (Lovisolo, 1980).
Northern Territory growers have greater certainty to produce and sell cucurbits with the lifting of quarantine controls around Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) yesterday.
Pumpkin beetle can be said as one of the serious pests of Cucurbitaceae family because it attacks at every stage of the cucurbits and heavy losses can be done by it to all cucurbits except bitter gourd (Saleem and Shah, 2010) damage to fruits also reported in many crop species (Melamed-Madjae, 1960).
It is difficult to achieve pollination in a greenhouse, and most cucurbits need those blooms pollinated.
Even if not transferred via papaya seeds, seeds of cucurbits or other hosts may show a role in the epidemiology of the disease.
Likewise, large cucurbits like pumpkins and watermelons produce vines that root at every node, and growing full-sized pumpkins or melons in containers is difficult.
A 5-million-pound expansion in Hawaii's production of cucurbits could occur over the next 5 years," McGregor says, "but only if adopting the HAW-FLYPM program is financially attractive to growers and if the bait sprays and lures are available.
If you have a lot of seeds, you may want to further sort them into plant groups such as beans, salad crops or cucurbits (members of the cucumber family).
So now is the time to harvest tomatoes, beans, cucurbits (regular harvesting encourages more fruit production), potatoes, onions and garlic.
All other cucurbits produce both male and female and you can help to pollinate the female flowers by hand to encourage the development of fruits.
All PI accessions were maintained in a screened greenhouse which contained no other cucurbits and in which no other viral experiments were being performed.