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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


[ˈgɜːkɪn] Npepinillo m


[ˈgɜːrkɪn] ncornichon m


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[ˈgɜːkɪn] ncetriolino
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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.
For the burger: 1 kg top-quality local beef, minced 1/2 a small red onion, finely diced 200g cheese, grated (I used a mixture of Edam, Emmenthal and Red Leicester) Maldon salt and freshly-ground black pepper 500g puff pastry 2 egg yolks, beaten Sesame seeds A little olive oil and butter, for frying For the burger sauce: 500g mayonnaise 15g pickled gherkins 10g silverskin pickled onions 20ml cider vinegar 15g unrefined golden caster sugar A pinch of garlic powder A pinch of onion powder A pinch of paprika 25ml vegetable oil 25g American-style yellow mustard For the salad: Gem lettuces Bitter leaves A little vinaigrette Method: First, make up the sauce.
So there is a fair chance The Gherkins will be a bit hit or miss on All Together Now tomorrow night.
INGREDIENTS 4 tbsp thick Greek yogurt 2 tsp English mustard 4 slices German three-grain bread (rye, oats and barley) 4 cooked beetroots, about 230g, very thinly sliced For the pastrami open-facers 4 slices of pastrami, about 50g 2 cocktail gherkins, very thinly sliced For the smoked mackerel open-facers 50g skinless smoked mackerel, flaked into 16 pieces 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced sprigs of fresh dill
Ingredients: Cooking spray, 5 chopped spring onions, 1 chopped garlic clove, 1tsp smoked paprika, 1tsp ground cumin, 475g 5% fat beef mince, 2tsp Dijon mustard, 150g drained cooked black beans, lightly crushed (leave a few whole), 2tsp olive oil, lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes and sliced gherkins.
Dubbed "Fast Food Furniture," the collection is a smorgasbord of backyard barbecue staples: a sofa shaped like a hot-dog bun, complete with a tubular frank cushion and adorned with an artful "smear" of mustard; an armchair styled like an open hamburger bun; and several vegetal throw pillows resembling gherkins, tomatoes, and sliced cucumbers.
Not only the gherkins are consumed in India, but also exported to other countries like Russia, followed by USA, Canada and Europe valued upto Rs.
plaice, haddock, cod, pollock) 125g parmesan, grated 85g panko breadcrumbs 60g plain flour, well seasoned 2 large free-range eggs, lightly beaten 4 slices ciabatta bread, thick sliced and toasted To serve: Tartare sauce, lettuce and gherkins METHOD: 1.
The Beef Pastrami with Gherkins Sandwich is a crowd-pleaser.
Finely chop gherkins and add to bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper, and mix.
Ingredients 4 x 180g hamburgers 4 buns, halved 1/4 iceberg lettuce, finely shredded 1/2 beef tomato, cut into 5mm thick slices 1 small red onion, peeled and cut into 2mm thick rings 4 slices of cheddar cheese, roughly the same size as the hamburgers 8 slices of crispy smoked streaky bacon 4 gherkins cut lengthways into spears For the Byron Sauce: 150g mayonnaise 75g tomato ketchup 35g pickled gherkins, drained Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Method 1.
3 When the potatoes are cool, add the crabmeat, prawns, lemon zest, parsley, paprika, spring onions, gherkins, and one of the eggs.