Cu·​cur·​bi·​ta | \ -bətə \

Definition of Cucurbita

: the type genus of Cucurbitaceae comprising tropical herbaceous vines that have a bell-shaped gamopetalous corolla five-lobed to the middle or a little lower, coherent stamens, and a many-seeded fleshy fruit with a hard rind, that include the squashes, pumpkins, vegetable marrows, and certain gourds, and that are now nearly cosmopolitan in cultivation

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History and Etymology for Cucurbita

New Latin, from Latin, gourd

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“Cucurbita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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