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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
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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.
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HOME TEAM BURGER (serves 4) INGREDIENTS FOR THE BURGER: 4 packets of brioche buns 900g of minced beef (80% meat and 20% fat) 100g of bone marrow 8 slices of mature cheddar cheese FOR THE ONION RELISH: 500g of sliced raw white onion 10ml of olive oil 10g of whole grain mustard FOR THE BURGER SAUCE: Ketchup English mustard 1 large gherkin METHOD: 1.
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