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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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One of the crops that offer higher returns in the market is courgettes, also known as zucchini.The crop that belongs to the cucurbit family, with squash, is versatile, tender and easy to cook, and has a niche market in the country.
The shrinkages of the orthogonal axes of agricultural products normally exhibit a slight non-uniformity during the drying process, a fact observed in other products, such as castor bean fruits (Goneli et al., 2011), cucurbit seeds (Milani et al., 2007) and sugarbeet seeds (Dursun et al., 2007).
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ultimum, which causes damping-off diseases that decay the seed or seedlings of vegetable, horticultural, and cucurbit crops.
Squash bees are the small black and yellow bees found in cucurbit blossoms, including those of cucumbers, summer squash and pumpkins.
Each kind of Cucurbit originated in a different area of the world: cucumbers from India, some varieties of squash and pumpkins from northern Argentina, others from Central America and Mexico, watermelons from Africa, and muskmelon (cantaloupe) from Persia.
de Vaulx, "Obtention de plantes haploides chez le melon (Cucumis melo L.) seeds and resulting from a parthenogenetic devolopment induced by irradiated polen," Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative, vol.
And it is useful to excision of expectorant- removal of flank's flatulence; drive out the blood sucker that remaining in windpipe- for drive out belly's helminthes and cucurbit's helminthes.