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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.
The 305-metre building was planned as a visitor attraction in the Square Mile, next to the Gherkin. It is backed by billionaire Joseph Safra, who controls the Brazilian Safra banking empire and also owns the Gherkin.
2 Meanwhile, slice the lettuce, tomatoes and gherkins. Crush the garlic clove into the mayonnaise and mix with the hot sauce and a little bit of juice fromthe gherkin jar.
Then he decided to plant Gherkin cucumbers, and said his 'life had never been better than now.'
There are three types of delicious pickled veggie snacks: carrot, cauliflower, and gherkin. The carrot snack consists of pickled carrot bits marinated in lemon essential oil, sea salt, and olive oil.
Tortot survives the Great Wars by always cooking for the successful army from campaign to campaign, using his Eternal Soup as a means to survival; hidden in a gherkin barrel is Half George, who went looking for his brothers in the Lounging Lawn and returned sometime later minus both legs; Sergeant Nilliewasser, least successful of a military family pursues the two from army to army for desertion.
Gherkin (Cucumis anguria L.) is an important cucurbitaceous vegetable crop grown in southern states of India like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Thamil Nadu for slicing and pickling.
6 Complete by placing top half on each bun, and serve with a gherkin spear on the side.
When shown pictures of iconic British landmarks, 39 per cent of Scots did not recognise St Andrews golf course, and a quarter of Londoners couldn't name the Gherkin.
LONDON has its Gherkin and now Gateshead has one too - as the centrepiece of an art exhibition opening today at Baltic.
BANKING AND CREDIT NEWS-November 10, 2014-Brazilian conglomerate the Safra Group buys Gherkin for GBP700m