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 livestockb : any of several annual chiefly trailing American plants that bear pumpkins
2 : a strong orange color
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One early item was an anthropomorphic pumpkin for Halloween named Petey Pumpkin.
Regardless, weekly harvests yield quinoa, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, pumpkins, green beans, squash, kale, beets, arugula, lettuce, spinach and eggplant, Fritz said.
More recently, the drummer-songwriter has collaborated with artists such as the Bloody Beetroots, Courtney Love and the Smashing Pumpkins.
Half Senkos, grubs on jigheads in pumpkin colors with silver flakes have been getting bass weighing 2 to 4 pounds.
The third annual Greatest Pumpkin Program of 2017, sponsored by Melzen Farm Supply and the Land Heritage Coalition, is open to residents of all towns and will culminate with a pumpkin weigh in at Melzen Farm Supply on Saturday, Sept. 30.
Grow pumpkins indoors from seed and move the starts to your garden about five to seven weeks later.
Inexplicably, the anvil became a pumpkin, and the contest of human power evolved into a battle between huge pressurized cannons.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1664
PUMPKIN Defined for Kids
Definition of pumpkin for Students
: a usually large round orange fruit of a vine related to the squash and cucumber that is used for food or decoration
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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