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cu·cum·ber

 (kyo͞o′kŭm′bər)
n.
1.
a. A tendril-bearing, climbing or sprawling annual plant (Cucumis sativus) widely cultivated for its edible cylindrical fruit that has a green rind and crisp white flesh.
b. The fruit of this plant, harvested when immature and eaten fresh or pickled.
2. Any of several related or similar plants, such as the bur cucumber or the squirting cucumber.

[Middle English cucomer, from Old French coucombre, from Latin cucumis, cucumer-.]

cucumber

(ˈkjuːˌkʌmbə)
n
1. (Plants) a creeping cucurbitaceous plant, Cucumis sativus, cultivated in many forms for its edible fruit. Compare squirting cucumber
2. (Plants) the cylindrical fruit of this plant, which has hard thin green rind and white crisp flesh
3. (Plants) any of various similar or related plants or their fruits
4. cool as a cucumber very calm; self-possessed
[C14: from Latin cucumis, of unknown origin]

cu•cum•ber

(ˈkyu kʌm bər)

n.
1. a creeping plant, Cucumis sativus, of the gourd family, occurring in many cultivated forms.
2. the edible fleshy green-skinned fruit of this plant, of a cylindrical shape with rounded ends.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French co(u)combre < Latin cucumerem, acc. of cucumis]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cucumber - a melon vine of the genus Cucumiscucumber - a melon vine of the genus Cucumis; cultivated from earliest times for its cylindrical green fruit
cuke, cucumber - cylindrical green fruit with thin green rind and white flesh eaten as a vegetable; related to melons
melon vine, melon - any of various fruit of cucurbitaceous vines including: muskmelons; watermelons; cantaloupes; cucumbers
Cucumis, genus Cucumis - cucumbers; muskmelons
2.cucumber - cylindrical green fruit with thin green rind and white flesh eaten as a vegetablecucumber - cylindrical green fruit with thin green rind and white flesh eaten as a vegetable; related to melons
veg, vegetable, veggie - edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
gherkin - small prickly cucumber
cucumber, cucumber vine, Cucumis sativus - a melon vine of the genus Cucumis; cultivated from earliest times for its cylindrical green fruit
Translations
خِيَارخْيارخیار
okurka
agurk
kukumo
kurkku
krastavac
uborka
gúrkaagúrka
キュウリ
오이
agurkas
gurķis
uhorka
kumara
gurka
แตงกวา
огірок
quả dưa chuột

cucumber

[ˈkjuːkʌmbəʳ] Npepino m
see also cool A5

cucumber

[ˈkjuːkʌmbər]
n (= vegetable) → concombre m
to be cool as a cucumber, to be as cool as a cucumber → faire preuve d'un calme olympien
modif [sandwich] → au concombre; [salad] → de concombre

cucumber

n(Salat)gurke f; as cool as a cucumberseelenruhig

cucumber

[ˈkjuːkʌmbəʳ] ncetriolo

cucumber

(ˈkjuːkambə) noun
a type of creeping plant with long green edible fruit, often used in salads etc.

cucumber

خِيَار okurka agurk Gurke αγγούρι pepino kurkku concombre krastavac cetriolo キュウリ 오이 komkommer agurk ogórek pepino огурец gurka แตงกวา salatalık quả dưa chuột 黄瓜

cucumber

, cowcumber
n. pepino, pepinillo.
References in classic literature ?
As we rode up the draw, we skirted a big melon patch, and a garden where squashes and yellow cucumbers lay about on the sod.
Summer squashes almost in their golden blossom; cucumbers, now evincing a tendency to spread away from the main stock, and ramble far and wide; two or three rows of string-beans and as many more that were about to festoon themselves on poles; tomatoes, occupying a site so sheltered and sunny that the plants were already gigantic, and promised an early and abundant harvest.
Start her, Tash, my boy --start her, all; but keep cool, keep cool-- cucumbers is the word --easy, easy --only start her like grim death and grinning devils, and raise the buried dead perpendicular out of their graves, boys --that's all.
He told me, he did not doubt, that, in eight years more, he should be able to supply the governor's gardens with sunshine, at a reasonable rate: but he complained that his stock was low, and entreated me "to give him something as an encouragement to ingenuity, especially since this had been a very dear season for cucumbers.
My dear mistress," replied the bird, "your cooks are very good and you can safely leave all to them, except that you must be careful to have a dish of cucumbers, stuffed with pearl sauce, served with the first course.
Punkins, sometimes, an' sometimes lemons an' cucumbers.
Presently comes a farmer saying he will plant cucumbers here, and melons there, in the new land that the river has given him.
Criminals also can be as cool as cucumbers," said Brown with a smile.
Jackson continued (and Archer saw he was wondering why no one had told the butler never to slice cucumbers with a steel knife), "then Lemuel Struthers came along.
Tumbled about among the spread nets and the glass frames sparkling and winking in the sun there were such heaps of drooping pods, and marrows, and cucumbers, that every foot of ground appeared a vegetable treasury, while the smell of sweet herbs and all kinds of wholesome growth (to say nothing of the neighbouring meadows where the hay was carrying) made the whole air a great nosegay.
And both of 'em as cool as cucumbers," added Ready.
There are enclosed a few houses and slave-huts, with little courtyards and small gardens, carefully cultivated with onions, potatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, and mushrooms, of perfect flavor, growing most luxuriantly.