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gherkin

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noun gher·kin \ˈgər-kən\

Simple Definition of gherkin

  • : a small cucumber that is used to make pickles

Full Definition of gherkin

  1. 1 a :  a small prickly fruit used for pickling; also :  a pickle made from this fruit b :  the slender annual vine (Cucumis anguria) of the gourd family that bears gherkins

  2. 2 :  the immature fruit of the cucumber especially when used for pickling

Origin of gherkin

Dutch gurken, plural of gurk cucumber, ultimately from Middle Greek agouros


First Known Use: 1661

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