gherkin

noun
gher·​kin | \ˈgər-kən \

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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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 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 The Canadians, meanwhile, are seeking to tax cucumbers, gherkins, pizza, ketchup, beer kegs, lawn mowers, sailboats, sleeping bags, and playing cards. refinery29.com, "Yachts, Bourbon & Cigarettes: Europe Is Coming After Finance Bros," 4 June 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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