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Definition of cucurbit

1 : a vessel or flask for distillation used with or forming part of an alembic
2 : a plant of the gourd family

Examples of cucurbit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sow warm-weather plants like nightshades and cucurbits indoors for transplanting in May. Transplant aster, viola, zinnia, marigold, and delphinium from cold frames to beds. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Your Ultimate Spring Gardening To-Do List for March and April," 16 Mar. 2020 In my own little plot, all the cucurbits — zucchini, winter squash and cucumbers — have take on an extraordinary vigor. Washington Post, "Heavy rains can damage a vegetable garden — but the gardener can protect it," 24 July 2019 Pre-soaking large seeds like corn, beans and cucurbits may help them germinate more quickly., "Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation," 11 June 2019 Striped cucumber beetles lay eggs at the base of cucurbit plants and their larvae then feed on the roots of these plants. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Control Pesky Cucumber Beetles In Your Garden," 1 June 2017 This includes veggies in the Cucurbitaceae family also called cucurbits or gourds (see gallery of family members below), which contain a class of poisons called cucurbitacins. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Two women lost their hair after eating toxic, bitter squash, doctors report," 7 Apr. 2018 This year marks the 13th annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, a Seattle tradition to celebrate autumn’s favorite cucurbit. Dan Nosowitz, Smithsonian, "How Elysian Brewing Company Turns a 1,790-Pound Pumpkin Into a Keg," 26 Oct. 2017 Like all cucurbits, the female melon blossom appears to have a small fruit at the stem end of the bloom; male blossoms, which produce the pollen, do not., "Tips to help plants thrive in summer: Ask the Expert," 12 Aug. 2017 Messenger has performed well on cucurbits, potatoes, strawberries and tobacco, but not as well on cherries, apples and grapes. Julie H. Case, WIRED, "A Vaccine for Plants," 4 Sep. 2001

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First Known Use of cucurbit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cucurbit

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

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“Cucurbit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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