cu·cum·ber | \ˈkyü-(ˌ)kəm-bər \

Definition of cucumber 

: the fruit of a vine (Cucumis sativus) of the gourd family cultivated as a garden vegetable also : this vine

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The play: Chongqing chicken ($18), dan dan Noodles ($15) and pickled cucumber ($7) Giant 3209 W. Armitage Ave. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Date night under $50: What to order at some of Chicago's best restaurants," 12 July 2018 There are still robes (by Parachute); cucumbers, too—only those come blended into a made-to-order smoothie. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the NYC Detox Shop Where Cryotherapy and CBD-Infused Smoothies Are on the Menu," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, dice the onion, cucumber, garlic cloves and bell pepper. Chris Ross,, "Blender gazpacho has umami flavors," 9 July 2018 For the Snow White, chunks of raw baby amberjack piled over disks of cucumbers are married to a clear, sharply acidic liquid with a whisper of truffle oil, an ingredient that too often overwhelms but here adds a judicious counterbalance. Todd A. Price,, "Luvi's chef tells a deliciously beautiful story: First look review," 22 May 2018 Garnish with a long slice of cucumber and a twist of orange zest. Marian Bull, GQ, "The White Negroni Sbagliato Is the Drink You Need Right Now," 3 May 2018 Sprinkle the pita and the plate with some of the remaining onion, cilantro, mint, cucumber and shredded romaine. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "What to put on toast when you're done with avocados," 18 Apr. 2018 It Up Girls will please fans of cucumber and mint who want to toast the Irish on St. Patrick's Day. Blake Bakkila,, "13 Healthy Food Swaps for St. Patrick's Day on Pinterest," 15 Mar. 2018 The temperature accentuates their smooth surface and, like the slivers of cucumber, makes the small zap of chile oil call out more clearly. Pete Wells, New York Times, "A Chinatown Noodle Dynasty Returns in Style," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cucumber

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cucumber

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

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cu·cum·ber | \ˈkyü-ˌkəm-bər \

Kids Definition of cucumber

: a long usually green-skinned vegetable that is used in salads and for making pickles and is the fruit of a vine related to the melons and gourds


cu·cum·ber | \ˈkyü-(ˌ)kəm-bər \

Medical Definition of cucumber 

: 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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