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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Examples of cucumber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Place the baguette on the side plate and the cucumber salad nearby. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Aug. 2021 Marinate at room temperature for 10 minutes, then add the cucumber and onion, and refrigerate for an additional 5 minutes. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 Add the salad greens, tomatoes and cucumber to a large bowl. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2021 Schultz’s also supplied the July essentials to serve with a crab cake — potato salad and marinated cucumber salad, made the way a Baltimore grandmother does, with a dollop of sugar in the vinegar. Jacques Kelly,, 24 July 2021 The cucumber salad in sweet house dressing ($8) could counter any of the hotter dishes quite easily. Amy Drew Thompson,, 12 Nov. 2020 Menu: Lutfisk, meatballs, red potatoes, cucumber salad, lefse, butter and cream sauces on the side, rice pudding with lingonberry sauce and pepparkakor cookie. Lee Svitak Dean, Star Tribune, 20 Oct. 2020 Each $65 kit feeds four people and includes goods to make about 16 meat or veggie tacos, salsa verde, chips, beans, cucumber salad and Veracruz slaw. Linnea Covington, The Know, 30 Apr. 2020 The cucumber, a relative of melon, lends both crunch and herbaceousness. New York Times, 30 July 2021

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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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“Cucumber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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