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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 28 Jan. 2023.

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