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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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