pe·​pi·​no pə-ˈpē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce pepino (audio)
plural pepinos
: a bushy perennial plant (Solanum muricatum) of the nightshade family that is native to temperate uplands of South America and has an edible usually purple-marked yellow fruit
also : the fruit

Examples of pepino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vivien Bonzo, Consuelo’s granddaughter, worked in the restaurant as a teenager and for decades watched as her family’s restaurant became an institution where customers could get homemade tortillas, pepino margaritas and chile colorado. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2023 Try the pico pepino for a spicy mix of tequila and mezcal with cucumber jalapeńo purée. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021

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Word History


American Spanish, from Spanish, cucumber, from Old Spanish pepón melon, from Latin pepon-, pepo

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pepino was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Pepino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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