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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Top the tomatoes with shrimp, cucumbers, and peanuts. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Green zebra tomatoes with grilled shrimp, nuoc cham, and toasted peanuts," 14 Aug. 2019 Juul’s removal of its creme, cucumber, fruit and mango flavors from stores gave Eonsmoke’s fortunes a big boost. Sheila Kaplan, New York Times, "‘Juul-alikes’ Are Filling Shelves With Sweet, Teen-Friendly Nicotine Flavors," 13 Aug. 2019 Add the lettuce, cucumber, green pepper and olives. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "It’s too hot to cook. Try these Chicken Pita Pockets instead," 12 Aug. 2019 And August in the swamp is easier to tolerate while clutching a pale green drink (Sweet Releaf) that introduces cucumber, elderflower and mint to vodka. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "A Charleston restaurant group plants a steak in Old Town," 9 Aug. 2019 Raw cucumbers, kale and cherries lend color and flavor, while walnuts and goat cheese add crunch and creaminess to make this meal more substantial. Lauren Salkeld, NBC News, "Beat the heat with these no-oven dinners for your Instant Pot, slow cooker, air fryer and more," 7 Aug. 2019 On top of that, smashed cucumbers, peanuts, poppy seeds, flaky salt, and cilantro are piled on. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "I Douse Everything in Hot Sauce, But This Cooling Silken Tofu Won Me Over," 2 Aug. 2019 In blender, puree tomatillos, cucumber, celery, cilantro, jalapeño, and lime juice until very smooth, about 1 minute. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Swamp Thing," 1 Aug. 2019 The falafel is served on a bed of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, radish, a few pickled peppers and a side of tahini. Jennifer Day, chicagotribune.com, "Craving: Middle Eastern food, from savory kebabs to aromatic spices, perfectly puffed pitas and more," 1 Aug. 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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