cucumber

noun
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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On one side of the bed, a pair of oranges resting at the base of an upright cucumber stands in for excited male genitals. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Sarah Lucas show at the Hammer Museum is naked but definitely not afraid," 17 July 2019 Michigan's roughly 47,000 farms added more than $10 billion to the state's economy including dairy farms and more than 300 commodities sold commercially, from tart cherries to cucumbers. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "High water levels foreshadow huge cost of climate change in Michigan," 16 July 2019 Drug smugglers have used everything from frozen sharks to cucumbers to breast implants to hide their contraband. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "If nerves didn’t give this smuggler away, it was probably the pound of cocaine under his toupee," 16 July 2019 While the cucumbers are marinating, in a 2-quart stainless steel saucepan, bring vinegar, sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, whole cloves and mustard seed to a boil, and simmer until sugar is dissolved. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quick pickling gives fresh veggies and fruit a tangy crunch in a day or less," 16 July 2019 But the first bite — moist ground lamb laced with onion and a jolt of spice, wrapped in pillowy naan and doused with a Pakistani cucumber-yogurt sauce — stopped me short. Seth Kugel, New York Times, "A Whirlwind, Round-the-World Food Tour of Queens," 1 July 2019 Rogers tapped top Indianapolis bartender Jessica Taylor, a woman who other bartenders turn to for advice, to create a three-page drinks menu listing a cucumber watermelon mule and the Cake Bake Shake Up. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Cake Bake Shop is finally open in Carmel, and it fulfills every sweet dream," 1 July 2019 LaCroix comes in a variety of fanciful flavors including pamplemousse, which is French for grapefruit, and blackberry cucumber. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "LaCroix Fights Sales Drop as Rivals Bubble Up," 26 June 2019 Juul, in which Marlboro maker Altria Group has a 35% stake, has pulled popular flavors such as mango and cucumber from retail store shelves and shut down its social media channels on Instagram and Facebook. Reuters, The Mercury News, "San Francisco is first US city to ban sale of e-cigarettes," 25 June 2019

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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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cucumber

noun
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

cucumber

noun
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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