pe·​po | \ ˈpē-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce pepo (audio) \
plural pepos

Definition of pepo

: an indehiscent fleshy one-celled many-seeded berry (such as a pumpkin, squash, melon, or cucumber) that has a hard rind and is the characteristic fruit of the gourd family

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Recent Examples on the Web Technically, squash and pumpkin all belong to the same species, known as Cucurbita pepo, but while all pumpkins are squash, not all squash are pumpkins, said Judy Jernstedt, a plant sciences professor with the University of California, Davis. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Your Pumpkin Pie Has a Dark Secret— It’s Made From Squash," 20 Nov. 2018 The big pumpkins, mini pumpkins, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, zucchini, and ornamental gourds are all different cultivars of the same species: Cucurbita pepo, which originated in Mexico more than 10,000 years ago. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Pumpkin Is a Fruit and Everything We Know Is a Lie," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of pepo

circa 1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pepo

Latin, a melon — more at pumpkin

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The first known use of pepo was circa 1849

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“Pepo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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pe·​po | \ ˈpē-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce pepo (audio) \
plural pepos

Medical Definition of pepo

: the dried ripe seeds of the pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) used as an anthelmintic and taeniafuge

called also pumpkin seed

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