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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 An even more rapacious cucurbit is found on the opposite fence. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 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, 16 Mar. 2020 In my own little plot, all the cucurbits — zucchini, winter squash and cucumbers — have take on an extraordinary vigor. Washington Post, 24 July 2019 Pre-soaking large seeds like corn, beans and cucurbits may help them germinate more quickly., 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, 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, 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, 26 Oct. 2017 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Cucurbit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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