noun, often attributive
pump·kin | \ ˈpəm(p)-kən , nonstandard ˈpəŋ-kən \

Definition of pumpkin 

1a : a fruit of any of various cultivars of herbaceous plants (Cucurbita pepo, C. maxima, C. moschata, and C. mixta synonym C. argyrosperma) of the gourd family that is typically round and orange but may be another color or shape, that has a hard usually smooth skin with shallow longitudinal grooves, and that is grown for ornamental use or for its fibrous pale flesh used especially in baking or as feed for livestock

b : any of several annual chiefly trailing American plants that bear pumpkins

2 : a strong orange color

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The play: Fried breakfast radishes ($5), smoked pumpkin with paratha ($8), duck dumplings ($12), merguez sausage ($15) Rainbow Thai 4825 N. Western Ave. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Date night under $50: What to order at some of Chicago's best restaurants," 12 July 2018 Approved MyChelle Incredible Pumpkin Peel $23, Amazon $23 (was $28, now 18% off) If the potency of a glycolic peel seems intimidating, consider MyChelle’s pumpkin version, which mildly exfoliates with fruit enzymes. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Are You Exfoliating Your Face Wrong?," 11 July 2018 There will be pumpkin painting in the fall, on Oct. 6 and 13. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Lebanon Farmers Market In Full Swing," 11 July 2018 Once Halloween became popular in America, pumpkins were used instead. 10. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "18 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Halloween," 7 July 2018 There are extensive planters for carrots, tomatoes and pumpkins. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "Where Luxury Meets a Prefab Home," 27 June 2018 The children sat at folding tables with their pumpkins, scooping out the goopy innards. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 Hayride, animated pumpkin land, puppet show, live entertainment, farm animals. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Summer festivals guide 2018," 21 June 2018 Mamey is atropical flavor that has been compared to sweet potato and pumpkin; Cajeta is a Mexican caramel sauce; Gansitos are a Twinkie-style treat covered in chocolate and filled with jelly (the ice cream has chunks of Gansitos mixed in). Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Fog, flowers, more crazy shakes: What's new and offbeat in DFW ice-cream shops," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of pumpkin

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pumpkin

alteration of earlier pumpion, modification of French popon, pompon melon, pumpkin, from Latin pepon-, pepo, from Greek pepōn, from pepōn ripened; akin to Greek pessein to cook, ripen — more at cook

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pump·kin | \ ˈpəmp-kən \

Kids Definition of pumpkin

: a usually large round orange fruit of a vine related to the squash and cucumber that is used for food or decoration


pump·kin | \ ˈpəm(p)-kən \

Medical Definition of pumpkin 

: the usually round orange fruit of a vine (Cucurbita pepo) of the gourd family that is widely cultivated as food and is the source of pepo

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