noun, often attributive
pump·​kin | \ ˈpəm(p)-kən How to pronounce pumpkin (audio) , nonstandard ˈpəŋ-kən How to pronounce pumpkin (audio) \

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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Choose from a wagon ride, train ride, pumpkin patch, zip line and more. Web Behrens, chicagotribune.com, "Labor Day is over, time to start planning for fall. Here’s a list of awesome family activities around Chicago.," 4 Sep. 2019 VALLEY CENTER Art classes to be held in pumpkin patch Bates Nut Farm offers ‘Sip & Sketch’ art classes from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 and Sept. 28 in the pumpkin patch at the farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rotary volunteers at Stand Down San Diego," 29 Aug. 2019 There, hayrides shuttle visitors out to the orchard for apple-picking and to a pumpkin patch. Kit Waskom Pollard, baltimoresun.com, "There are plenty of activities beyond the harvest that will keep things fresh during your apple-picking visits in Harford County," 21 Aug. 2019 The event will include apple cider sampling and a pumpkin patch to support the Katy FFA. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 12 Aug. 2019 Belle Terry Farm raises cattle to be sold locally and grows greens and squash with plans to open a pumpkin patch this fall. Korsha Wilson, Washington Post, "Black families once lived off their southern farmland. Their descendants are struggling to hold onto it.," 23 July 2019 Coloradans interested in getting into agritourism — which can range from starting a goat yoga business to opening a pumpkin patch or farm-to-table eatery — can take the six-course program online through CSU. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Colorado State launches new agritourism program," 23 July 2019 Loves to cook and makes a signature pumpkin chili each autumn. Kaitlyn Bartley, The Mercury News, "Why is California spending $187 million on the 2020 Census? We ask Secretary of State Alex Padilla," 15 Aug. 2019 This October may be the last year the view south of I-10 across from the Heights is a giant orange pumpkin. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Landmark Party Boy property hits the market for $10.5M," 12 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce pumpkin (audio) \

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 How to pronounce pumpkin (audio) \

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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