cucumber

noun

cu·​cum·​ber ˈkyü-(ˌ)kəm-bər How to pronounce cucumber (audio)
: the fruit of a vine (Cucumis sativus) of the gourd family cultivated as a garden vegetable
also : this vine

Illustration of cucumber

Illustration of cucumber

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Add the tomatoes and cucumber and continue to boil 2 minutes. cleveland, 22 Nov. 2022 The Cleansing Milk is formulated with a blend of probiotic extracts, colloidal oatmeal, aloe, ginger, and cucumber to soothe and soften your complexion while also removing makeup. Jennifer Chan, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 The crunch in the relatively restrained sweet russet roll, starring eel, salmon and cucumber, comes from potato chips made in-house and crushed for garnish. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2022 This pairs with Chareau, a new-ish liqueur made from aloe, melon, spearmint and cucumber, which tastes like how a spa feels. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2022 Today's Italian salad has a variety of flavors and bright colors, including red pepper, cucumber and red onions. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 30 Oct. 2022 Try the refreshing duo in this refreshing St. Patrick's Day cocktail featuring cucumber and simple syrup. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Oct. 2022 The botanical formula features cucumber and seaweed extracts, but these are ably assisted by soothing aloe barbadensis leaf juice and moisturizing glycerin. Blu Atlas, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Sep. 2022 There is additional water in lettuce, cucumber and peppers. Stella Marie Hombach, Scientific American, 15 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French cucumbre, from Latin cucumer-, cucumis

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cucumber was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near cucumber

Cite this Entry

“Cucumber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cucumber. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

cucumber

noun

cu·​cum·​ber ˈkyü-(ˌ)kəm-bər How to pronounce cucumber (audio)
: the long fleshy usually many-seeded green-skinned fruit of a vine of the gourd family that is grown as a garden vegetable
also : this vine

Medical Definition

cucumber

noun

cu·​cum·​ber ˈkyü-(ˌ)kəm-bər How to pronounce cucumber (audio)
: the fruit of a vine (Cucumis sativus) of the gourd family that is cultivated as a garden vegetable and that has diuretic seeds
also : this vine

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