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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cucumber  \Cu"cum*ber\  (k?`k?m-b?r,  formerly  kou"k?m-b?r),  n.[OE. 
  cucumer,  cocumber,  cucumber,  fr  L.  cucmis,  gen.  cucumeris 
  cf  OF  cocombre,F.  concombre.]  (Bot.) 
  A  creeping  plant,  and  its  fruit,  of  several  species  of  the 
  genus  {Cucumis},  esp.  {Cucumis  sativus},  the  unripe  fruit  of 
  which  is  eaten  either  fresh  or  picked.  Also  similar  plants 
  or  fruits  of  several  other  genera.  See  below. 
 
  {Bitter  cucumber}  (Bot.),  the  {Citrullus  or  Cucumis 
  Colocynthis}.  See  {Colocynth}. 
 
  {Cucumber  beetle.}  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  A  small  black  flea-beetle  ({Crepidodera  cucumeris}), 
  which  destroys  the  leaves  of  cucumber,  squash,  and  melon 
  vines. 
  b  The  squash  beetle. 
 
  {Cucumber  tree}. 
  a  A  large  ornamental  or  shade  tree  of  the  genus  {Magnolia} 
  {(M.  acuminata)},  so  called  from  a  slight  resemblance  of 
  its  young  fruit  to  a  small  cucumber. 
  b  An  East  Indian  plant  ({Averrhoa  Bilimbi})  which  produces 
  the  fruit  known  as  bilimbi. 
 
  {Jamaica  cucumber},  {Jerusalem  cucumber},  the  prickly-fruited 
  gherkin  ({Cucumis  Anguria}). 
 
  {Snake  cucumber},  a  species  ({Cucumis  flexuosus})  remarkable 
  for  its  long,  curiously-shaped  fruit. 
 
  {Squirting  cucumber},  a  plant  ({Ecbalium  Elaterium})  whose 
  small  oval  fruit  separates  from  the  footstalk  when  ripe 
  and  expels  its  seeds  and  juice  with  considerable  force 
  through  the  opening  thus  made  See  {Elaterium}. 
 
  {Star  cucumber},  a  climbing  weed  ({Sicyos  angulatus})  with 
  prickly  fruit. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cucumber 
  n  1:  a  melon  vine  of  the  genus  Cucumis;  cultivated  from  earliest 
  times  for  its  cylindrical  green  fruit  [syn:  {cucumber 
  vine},  {Cucumis  sativus}] 
  2:  cylindrical  green  fruit  with  thin  green  rind  and  white  flesh 
  eaten  as  a  vegetable;  related  to  melons  [syn:  {cuke}] 




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