gherkin

noun
gher·​kin | \ ˈgər-kən How to pronounce gherkin (audio) \

Definition of gherkin

1a : a small prickly fruit used for pickling also : a pickle made from this fruit
b : the slender annual vine (Cucumis anguria) of the gourd family that bears gherkins
2 : the immature fruit of the cucumber especially when used for pickling

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Check out Sunrise’s mini watermelon gherkins, odd and gorgeous things that are also called mouse melons. Amy Scattergoodstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Farmers Market Guide: Big fun in little tomato town," 24 Aug. 2019 While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce: Stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar, chopped gherkins and their juice, mustard, sugar, garlic, horseradish, pepper and the pinch of salt in a medium bowl, until well incorporated. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Fire up your summer with recipes from the season’s new grilling cookbooks," 24 June 2019 Step 3 While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce: Stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar, chopped gherkins and their juice, mustard, sugar, garlic, horseradish, pepper and the pinch of salt in a medium bowl, until well incorporated. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "With this grilled chicken recipe, you’ll earn the title of thigh master," 19 June 2019 Fear not: There's a gherkin and a tomato slice pillow to accompany your seat of choice (condiments, sadly, will have to be passed up). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Actual Question: Would You Put This Hot Dog Sofa in Your Home?," 29 Apr. 2019 Canadian authorities are aiming at politically sensitive states and products, including gherkin pickles, lawn mowers and toilet paper from Wisconsin. Alan Freeman, Washington Post, "Trudeau wades into U.S.-Canada ketchup war with tariffs on Heinz," 29 June 2018 Plant some Mexican sour gherkin cucumbers or blue borage. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 Plant some Mexican sour gherkin cucumbers or blue borage. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 Plant some Mexican sour gherkin cucumbers or blue borage. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gherkin

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gherkin

Dutch gurken, plural of gurk cucumber, ultimately from Middle Greek agouros

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gherkin

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English Language Learners Definition of gherkin

: a small cucumber that is used to make pickles

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