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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.]
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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
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(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]
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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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[ˈgɜːkɪn] Npepinillo m
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[ˈgɜːrkɪn] ncornichon m
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nGewürz- or Essiggurke f
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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.
The Anna-Loka Rodeo Burger is a homemade seitan patty topped with an onion ring, vegan cheese, tomato and gherkin, smothered in barbecue and burger sauce; the Ultimate Burger is a beetroot, cashew and red lentil patty stacked between two onion rings, jalapenos, tomato, lettuce, gherkins, garlic mayo and sweet chilli sauce, and the Mendoan Burger is a Purwokertostyle battered tempeh with thai slaw, lemon-herb mayo, sweet chilli sauce, tomatoes, gherkins and pickled ginger.
Ultimate leftover Sandwiches INGREDIENTS SERVES 2 4 thick slices of bread 4 slices of leftover roast meat, beef, pork, lamb 4 slices of Swiss cheese 8 Opies Cocktail Gherkins, sliced in half 2 squeezes of American mustard 2tbsp mayonnaise Thinly-sliced red onions Handful of fresh spinach 50g butter, softened 1tsp olive oil DIRECTIONS To build the sandwich, take two slices of the bread.
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Ingredients 2 part-baked white baguettes 200g frozen scampi Half an iceberg lettuce 2 tomatoes 4 gherkins 1 small garlic clove 3 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tbsp hot sauce Lemon wedges, to serve Method 1 Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/ gas 7.
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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.
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. 4 x 60g crusty wholemeal buns.
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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.