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  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Cucumbers 
  (Heb.  plur.  kishshuim  i.e.,  "hard,"  difficult"  of  digestion, 
  only  in  Num.  11:5).  This  vegetable  is  extensively  cultivated  in 
  the  East  at  the  present  day  as  it  appears  to  have  been  in 
  earlier  times  among  the  Hebrews.  It  belongs  to  the  gourd  family 
  of  plants.  In  the  East  its  cooling  pulp  and  juice  are  most 
  refreshing.  "We  need  not  altogether  wonder  that  the  Israelites, 
  wearily  marching  through  the  arid  solitudes  of  the  Sinaitic 
  peninsula,  thought  more  of  the  cucumbers  and  watermelons  of 
  which  they  had  had  no  lack  in  Egypt,  rather  than  of  the  cruel 
  bondage  which  was  the  price  of  these  luxuries."  Groser's 
  Scripture  Natural  History. 
 
  Isaiah  speaks  of  a  lodge"  (1:8;  Heb.  sukkah),  i.e.,  a  shed  or 
  edifice  more  solid  than  a  booth,  for  the  protection  throughout 
  the  season  from  spring  to  autumn  of  the  watchers  in  a  "garden  of 
  cucumbers." 
 




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