cu·​cur·​bit kyü-ˈkər-bət How to pronounce cucurbit (audio)
: a vessel or flask for distillation used with or forming part of an alembic
: a plant of the gourd family

Examples of cucurbit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Squash bugs transmit bacteria that cause cucurbit yellow vine disease. Nadia Hassani, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 May 2024 Marking the first time the fair had been held outside of its usual locale in Sonoma County, visitors were greeted by a towering pyramid of cucurbits of all shapes, colors, and sizes—a kaleidoscope of yellows and oranges announcing the arrival of fall in all its glory. Liam Hess, Vogue, 24 Oct. 2023 That Showcase Nature’s Bounty What Is a Gourd? Gourds, like pumpkins, melons, squash, and cucumbers, are members of the cucurbit or squash family. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023 California crops at risk with Tau fruit flies in the area include avocado, citrus, tomatoes, peppers and cucurbits. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 31 July 2023 Haiti: The Forgotten Crisis The Tau fruit fly is a major pest for agriculture and natural resources, CDFA said, including various fruits and vegetables such as cucurbits, avocado, citrus, tomatoes, peppers, as well as some plants native to the state. Teddy Grant, ABC News, 31 July 2023 The most common cause of upward cupping of leaves is a reaction to drought, and this is true both of redbud trees and cucurbits. oregonlive, 16 July 2023 Help document the diversity of insects and microbes that visit cucurbit plants, including pumpkins! Guest, Discover Magazine, 25 Aug. 2019 For example, early farmers may have squeezed cucurbit seeds into nutritious oils or hollowed the rinds into containers. Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Nov. 2022

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Word History


Middle English cucurbite, from Anglo-French, from Latin cucurbita gourd

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cucurbit was in the 14th century

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“Cucurbit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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