pumpkin

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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Maine Maine is home to vast stretches of breathtaking coastline, but true immersion in the Pine Tree State's wild crimson, pumpkin, and amber-hued woods requires heading deeper inland. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beautiful Places to See New England Fall Foliage This Year," 5 Oct. 2018 Windsor Canning employed 50 men, women, and children who cooked and canned squash, apples, tomatoes, and pumpkins. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Historian Bob Bell Examines 'Makin' Stuff In Windsor'," 2 July 2018 Ginger in any incarnation, Japanese pumpkin, and turmeric. Sarah Spellings And Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Model Finding Beauty in the Mundane," 25 May 2018 Matt and Caryn are at the farm, located in the Helvetia area, getting ready for pumpkin season. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "Oregon's Roloff family returns in 'Little People, Big World': 'This is insane'," 13 Mar. 2018 Gerl includes peanuts in his salsa macha but also adds almonds and seeds: sesame, pumpkin and sunflower. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019 Of course, cauliflower and leek stew, pumpkin and chai overnight oats, and our personal favorite cacao and avocado smoothie are a far cry from the ramen soup of our college days. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 In a second bowl, whisk pumpkin and brown sugar, then whisk in eggs and oil until smooth. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thanksgiving Cake," 24 Oct. 2018 In one dorm, the bed frames were decorated for Halloween with cutouts of pumpkins and fake spider webs. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Inside the Texas Tent City Housing More Than 1,000 Migrant Teens," 12 Oct. 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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More Definitions for pumpkin

pumpkin

noun
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

pumpkin

noun
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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