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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Serve drizzled with additional hot sauce and with celery, cucumbers, and other veggies for dipping. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Food + Drinks," 27 Dec. 2018 In the summer we are known for a few dishes like our watermelon and heirloom tomato salad, cucumber & green grape gazpacho, and our fried green tomatoes. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville chefs re-imagine menus when you're just too hot to eat," 3 July 2018 Place 1 or 2 asparagus, 1 or 2 strips of sweet potato, 1 or 2 strips cucumber, and ¼ cup noodles in the center of the pancake. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, "Recipe: Vietnamese summer rolls are flavorful, crunchy, and delicious with a soy dipping sauce," 25 June 2018 The Thai Shrimp Salad is colorful, with shredded carrot, daikon, papaya, cucumber, and red onion, topped with crushed peanuts and a generous portion of halved, boiled shrimp. Eric Velasco,, "Ollie Irene restaurant is back and better than ever," 20 Mar. 2018 Give her my favorite cucumber melon bath bombs and a $2.49 avocado face mask. Jules Barrueco, Glamour, "Moms Have Changed. It’s Time to Change Gifts for Them Too," 10 May 2019 Toss with carrots, radishes and cucumber until evenly coated, then fold in scallions and mint. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spicy Radish Salad with Seared Steak," 2 May 2019 Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss cucumbers with 1/4 tsp salt. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Salmon with Creamy Feta Cucumbers," 29 Apr. 2019 Some were suffused with vitamin C; others with cucumber or rooibos tea extract. Alice Gregory, Allure, "I Got Fillers for My Chronic Undereye Circles, and the Results Were Impressive," 28 Apr. 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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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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