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a. A small cucumber, especially one used for pickling.
b. A pickle made from such a fruit.
a. A vine (Cucumis anguria) native to Africa and widely cultivated especially in the West Indies, having prickly fruit often harvested when immature for pickling.
b. The fruit of this plant.

[Ultimately (via early Modern Dutch gurkijn (Modern Dutch gurkje), diminutive of Dutch gurk, gherkin, aphetic variant of agurk, or possibly via Dutch agurken, plural of agurk, taken in English as a singular a gurken) from Dutch agurk, variant of augurk, ultimately from a Slavic source such as Polish ogórek, partial translation (with diminutive suffix -ek) of Byzantine Greek angourion, watermelon, gherkin, from diminutive of Late Greek angouros, a single grape, bunch of grapes, probably originally meaning "small, unripe fruit," from expressive alteration of Greek aōros, out of season, unripe : a-, not; see a-1 + hōra, season, time; see yēr- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Cookery) the immature fruit of any of various cucumbers, used for pickling
2. (Plants)
a. a tropical American cucurbitaceous climbing plant, Cucumis anguria
b. the small edible fruit of this plant
[C17: from early modern Dutch agurkkijn, diminutive of gurk, from Slavonic, ultimately from Greek angourion]


(Named Buildings) the Gherkin an informal name for Swiss Re Tower


(ˈgɜr kɪn)

1. the small immature fruit of a variety of cucumber, used in pickling.
a. the small spiny fruit of a tropical vine, Cucumis anguria, of the gourd family, used in pickling.
b. the plant yielding this fruit.
3. a small pickle, esp. one made from this fruit.
[1655–65; < Dutch gurken, pl. of gurk (German Gurke) < Slavic; compare Polish ogórek, Czech okurka « Persian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gherkin - any of various small cucumbers pickled wholegherkin - any of various small cucumbers pickled whole
pickle - vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar
2.gherkin - small prickly cucumber
cuke, cucumber - cylindrical green fruit with thin green rind and white flesh eaten as a vegetable; related to melons


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[ˈgɜːrkɪn] ncornichon m


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[ˈgɜːkɪn] ncetriolino
References in classic literature ?
The pickles, in a uniform of rich brown double-breasted buttoned coat, and yellow or sombre drab continuations, announced their portly forms, in printed capitals, as Walnut, Gherkin, Onion, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mixed, and other members of that noble family.
Inspired by street food trends, the pub's main menu includes a choice of open burritos, such as shredded chicken and BBQ bean, alongside ribs, wings and colslaw, a salt beef sub and Rib Licker - pulled beef rib with gherkins and crispy onions.
1 Then mix together the tuna, onions, gherkins and mayo in a medium bowl.
2 Put the mince, onion, garlic, chilli, paprika, cumin, ground coriander, mint, egg yolk and gherkins in a large bowl.
Makes: 6-8 burgers Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 1 kg good quality Scotch beef steak mince 1 tbs Lea and Perrins 1tbs Dijon mustard 2 egg yolks A small handful of fresh breadcrumbs Good quality brioche burger buns Pickled gherkins Shredded iceberg lettuce Monterey Jack cheese David is head chef at The Grill Room at The Square, Glasgow.
If any reader has any knowledge of this company or its predecessor (or maybe its successor) which was a pickling company (onions, gherkins, cabbage and the like) I should be delighted to hear from them.
SERVES 4 as a light supper with salad, or 4-6 as a starter 1 whole camembert (in a box held together with staples, not glue) 1/2 garlic clove (optional) Splash of dry white wine or Kirsch Freshly-ground black pepper Fresh thyme or oregano leaves, chopped, to finish (optional) To serve: 1 small loaf of walnut bread About 2 tbsp honey 150g air-cured ham, such as parma or serrano 1 small pot of gherkins, drained
5, grated 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp English mustard 25g cornflour 1/2 tsp dried yeast 1 tsp Marmite 125ml Duchy Originals from Waitrose Organic India Pale Ale 50g tomato ketchup 75g half-fat mayonnaise 2 tsp French's Classic Yellow Mustard 4 Heston from Waitrose Ultimate Beef Burgers 1 tbsp olive oil 4 gherkins, halved lengthways 4 essential Waitrose seeded burger buns, halved and toasted 2 vine tomatoes, sliced 1 small onion, thinly sliced 2 little gem lettuce hearts, broken into leaves METHOD: 1.
Mushy peas was the most popular side dish with 42 per cent but pickled onions, curry sauce and gherkins all made it on to the list.
DUCK WITH LENTILS AND SALSA VERDE (serves 4) INGREDIENTS 4 duck legs 500g duck fat 300g vegetable oil 50g salt 3 star anise 1tsp ground cinnamon FOR THE LENTILS: 100g puy lentils 500ml chicken stock Sprig of fresh thyme FOR THE SALSA VERDE: 20g each of parsley, mint, tarragon and dill 40g capers 2 gherkins 50ml vegetable oil 50g blanched French beans (optional) 1 lemon METHOD 1.
One of the consumers asked if the fastfood chain used only gherkins in their burgers so they wouldn't be considered confectionary, to which the company replied that they didn't, News.