cu·​cum·​ber | \ ˈkyü-(ˌ)kəm-bər How to pronounce cucumber (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Remove the kernels with a large, sharp knife, and place in a large bowl with the cucumber, tomatoes, chives, lettuce and rice. Justin Phillips,, "Bay Area salmon season is in full swing for home cooks but uncertain for fishers," 13 July 2020 The variety of cucumber recipes out there prove the veggie can be more than just a vehicle for ranch dressing (no shade) or a garden salad topping. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "33 Cucumber Recipes That Aren't All Salads," 10 July 2020 The answer, sturdy vegetables such as cucumber, green beans, squash, peppers and onions. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "'We're behind the curve': Community gardens struggle to feed food insecure during pandemic," 8 July 2020 Name another vegetable that’s as refreshing as a cucumber. Bon Appétit, "77 Cool Cucumber Recipes We're Very Into," 7 July 2020 This easy sushi burrito recipe includes salty, crunchy, fresh, sweet, and creamy notes by using avocado, potato chips, mirin, and cucumber to accompany the fresh tuna, nori, and rice. Sunset Magazine, "19 Recipes to Try This July," 3 July 2020 To start, purists will crave the classic onion soup gratinee with a healthy heap of gooey gruyere, while the Moroccan lamb meatballs with Noble Bread ciabatta, cucumber mint relish and harissa tomato sauce will appeal to rebels. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Arizona Restaurant Week Spring 2020: Here are 15 great menus to try for dine-in or takeout," 14 June 2020 In a large serving bowl, toss together the strawberries, tomatoes, cucumber, salt and pepper. cleveland, "Goat cheese, strawberries, balsamic form a potent trio," 12 June 2020 Add tomatoes and/or cucumber and let sit at least 5 minutes to release juices and marinate. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Lettuce 2.0: In and out of the salad bowl," 16 June 2020

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

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17 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cucumber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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cu·​cum·​ber | \ ˈkyü-ˌkəm-bər How to pronounce cucumber (audio) \

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 How to pronounce cucumber (audio) \

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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