In middle French, this became pompon, and in English pompion, then pumpion
, and eventually pumpkin or punkin.
By the late 1600s, recipes for variations of pumpion
pie were appearing in English cookbooks and eventually made their way to America, where serving pumpkin pie became a tradition for Thanksgiving celebrations that continues to this day.
Recognizing Falstaff's missives as dangerous attacks upon their honesty, the women vow to avenge themselves upon "this unwholesome humidity, this gross wat'ry pumpion
" and to "teach him to know turtles from jays" (3.3.40-42).