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 All Green Everything, a light cocktail that blends cucumber vodka, fresh lime, kiwi, agave, and basil. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "The Best New Drinks to Try in Miami During Art Basel," 3 Dec. 2018 Its sweet flavors, including mango and cucumber, are popular with middle-school and high-school students. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Altria in Talks to Take Significant Minority Stake in Juul Labs," 28 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, prepare the topping: In a small bowl, combine kefir and lemon juice; fold in mint and cucumber if using. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Mediterranean Zucchini Boats with Kefir-Mint Topping," 25 Oct. 2018 My only previous mudbath experience involved lounging in an spa alabaster tub filled with grade-A minerals and sipping on cucumber water while someone gently massaged my scalp. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "I Bathed in Colombia’s “Volcano of Youth” and My Skin Has Never Felt Softer," 23 Oct. 2018 Its main ingredients are well-known skin hydrators, like aloe, jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, cucumber extract, along with an antioxidant called matrixyl 3000. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Amazon's Baebody Eye Gel Has 13,000 Rave Reviews," 10 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, very thinly slice radishes and cucumbers. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Chicken Sliders," 27 July 2018 Think salad bars with most of the items raised on site, including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, kale, swiss chard, basil, and bok choy. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban farms in New York schools are raising food to fight inequality," 27 Sep. 2018 Stir in small red onion, then toss with mixed-size and -color tomatoes and seedless cucumbers. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Tomato and Cucumber Farro Salad," 25 July 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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